Jim McElwain is apparently living in a barn while coaching at Central Michigan
Jim McElwain spent the 2018 season on the Michigan staff after parting ways with Florida late in the 2017 season.
Now, he has a new job, serving as head coach of the Central Michigan Chippewas. And, in true McElwain fashion, he’s living in a barn.
Of course, this is no normal barn, but as ESPN’s Adam Rittenberg explains in a profile of McElwain, it’s an area that can also be used for recruiting events:
The McElwains knew from previous head-coaching stops at Florida and Colorado State that they’d need space to host large groups: recruits, players and staff, or donors. … The problem: Mount Pleasant isn’t filled with sprawling properties.
Fortunately, McGuirk had a solution: a 6,000-square-foot barn a few miles from Kelly/Shorts Stadium and CMU’s campus. McGuirk bought the barn about five years ago and thought about building living quarters on the lower floor. The McElwains soon visited and made the call: This was the spot.
“It has a whole house inside a building,” McGuirk said. “This was unlike anything else we’ve had around here. It’s very unique. I had the same vision as they did, so it all started from there. We built it out for them to have recruiting abilities that really no one else has.”
That barn actually sounds pretty sweet, so we’ll have to see if it works with recruits, too.