With the unexpected departure of Mel Tucker to Michigan State, the Colorado Buffaloes Football program is now in hunt of a new head coach.
The name of Eric Bieniemy immediately entered the conversation about potential replacements due to his connection to Colorado. The Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator, fresh off a Super Bowl 54 win in Miami, is one of the best football players in the school’s history, and he is showing interest in the job opening, according to 9News’ Mike Klis.
“Per source, the University of Colorado has reached out to respected KC Chiefs offensive coordinator/CU alumni Eric Bieniemy about its vacant head coaching job,” Klis wrote in a tweet. “There is preliminary mutual interest between CU and Bienemy. It would be a great move by Buffs AD Rick George.”
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SportsLine oddsmakers listed Bieniemy with the fifth-best odds to become the next Colorado head coach.
The coordinator was a potential aspirant for multiple NFL head coach openings after the regular season, but he was ultimately passed over. The insiders at Pro Football Talk believe Bieniemy should be considered a top candidate, much higher than the odds suggest.
“Colorado will now be scrambling to find a new head coach extremely late in the hiring cycle,” writes Pro Football Talk. “With Bieniemy’s connections to the school, he seems certain to be considered for the job coming off a Super Bowl victory earlier this month. Bieniemy is Colorado’s all-time leading rusher. He rushed for 3,940 yards with 4,351 all-purpose yards and 42 total touchdowns during his time in Boulder.
After initially turning down Michigan State’s offer, Tucker decided to replace Mark Dantonio as the Spartans head coach. Tucker leaves Colorado after just one season at the helm, and the school named Darrin Chiaverini as the interim head coach on Wednesday.
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