Colorado coaching rumors: Multiple candidates with SEC ties emerge as possibilities
Karl Dorrell is out at Colorado, which means that the Buffaloes are joining Nebraska, Arizona State, and Georgia Tech as Power 5 programs in need of new football coaches.
It’s obviously early, but as is the case with all coaching searches, speculation about who might take the reins in Boulder is already ramping up.
One name that is sure to mentioned often is that of Eric Bieniemy.
He starred as running back for the Buffaloes and was the offensive coordinator at Colorado during the 2011-12 season. Since then he has had had a dynamic run as an offensive assistant with the Kansas City Chiefs.
On Sunday afternoon, Chris Vannini, a senior writer with The Athletic, suggested three other potential candidates in addition to Bieniemy.
Eric Bieniemy? Troy Calhoun? Bronco Mendenhall? Jeff Grimes?
Potential candidates for Colorado: https://t.co/8H1znwcXuI
— Chris Vannini (@ChrisVannini) October 2, 2022
Jeff Grimes is currently the offensive coordinator at Baylor but he also previously coached at LSU and Auburn.
Bronco Mendenhall, meanwhile, resigned at Virginia after the 2021 season, but he has strong West Coast ties and is reportedly looking to return to coaching. He has a career mark of 135-81 in stops with the Cavaliers and previously at BYU.
Another name that has emerged with SEC ties is Ryan Walters.
A Colorado alumnus, Walters is currently the defensive coordinator at Illinois and he previously served in the same role at Missouri.
#Colorado might prioritize head-coaching experience in its search, but there will be a very strong group of assistant candidates, headlined by CU alum Ryan Walters, overseeing the nation’s No. 1 scoring defense at Illinois.
— Adam Rittenberg (@ESPNRittenberg) October 2, 2022