New Colorado head football coach Deion Sanders isn’t wasting any time in getting his staff together.
Sanders could be cleaning house with the Buffaloes’ current staff and there are already reports and rumors of several coaches coming to Boulder, including a pair of FBS head coaches.
Pete Thamel of ESPN reported Monday afternoon that Kent State head coach Sean Lewis is leaving the Golden Flashes to become the offensive coordinator at CU.
Meanwhile, On3.com reported that former Florida Atlantic head coach Willie Taggart, who was fired last week after three seasons with the Owls, is joining Sanders’ staff at CU in an unspecified role.
At least two of Sanders’ assistants from Jackson State are likely coming with him, as well.
On Sunday, Sanders met with the players and defensive lineman Jalen Sami asked, “What position coaches are you keeping?”
“Probably none,” Sanders said.
Sanders then added, “It’s going be one of the best staffs you’ve ever seen assembled. They’re coming. Best recruiting staff you’ve ever seen assembled. They’re coming.”
That staff appears to be coming together fairly quickly — although not officially, as CU hasn’t announced any additions.
Lewis, 36, has been the head coach at Kent State the last five seasons. The Flashes were 10-37 in the four years before he got there and 2-10 in his first season (2018). They’ve gone 22-21 since, including 5-7 this year.
Kent State averaged 12.8 points per game in 2017 before Lewis arrived. They have averaged at least 28.4 points the last four seasons.
Taggart is a former quarterback and quarterbacks coach at Western Kentucky. He has been a head coach the past 13 seasons at WKU (2010-12), South Florida (2013-16), Oregon (2017), Florida State (2018-19) and FAU (2020-22).
During Sunday’s meeting with players, Sanders introduced Jackson State assistants Andre Hart (linebackers) and Kevin Mathis (cornerbacks) to the Buffs, so it appears both will be a part of the staff.
Hart and Mathis have both been at Jackson State for three years with Sanders. Prior to that, both coached with Sanders at Trinity Christian School in Cedar Hill, Texas. Mathis and Sanders were teammates with the Dallas Cowboys from 1997-99. Mathis also played for the New Orleans Saints (2000-01) and Atlanta Falcons (2002-06).
Jackson State tight ends coach Tim Brewster, the former head coach at Minnesota, could also be coming to CU. Brewster tweeted Monday, “All my dudes in the portal and Elite HS players …#PlayForPrime!!”
This is Brewster’s first year at Jackson State, but he has ties to Colorado. Brewster and CU athletic director Rick George both played for Illinois in the 1980s, with George having a hand in recruiting Brewster to the Illini. Brewster coached tight ends for the Denver Broncos from 2005-06.
Brewster left the Broncos to be the head coach at the University of Minnesota from 2007-10. During a coaching career that goes back to the 1980s, he’s also worked at North Carolina, Texas, Mississippi State, Florida State, Texas A&M, Florida and with the NFL’s San Diego Chargers.
Several other coaches have been rumored to be joining Sanders’ staff, as well.
FootballScoop.com has reported that Sanders is targeting Alabama associate defensive coordinator and safeties coach Charles Kelly as the Buffs’ defensive coordinator.
There was another report Monday, however, that former Minnesota Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer could be a candidate for the defensive coordinator job. Zimmer is an analyst at JSU this season and was Sanders’ position coach with the Dallas Cowboys from 1995-99.
Other reports have Nick Williams coming to CU as the defensive line coach. Williams has spent the past two seasons as a defensive analyst at Texas A&M.
During Sunday’s meeting, Sanders also introduced the team to David Kelly, who has been the coordinator of player personnel at FAU the past three years.
“He’s part of the staff, as well,” Sanders told the team.
On3.com reported Monday that Kelly is likely to fill a player personnel role with the Buffs.
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