Colorado football coach Mike MacIntyre has hired six of his former assistant coaches at San Jose State to join him in rebuilding the Buffs in Boulder and was hoping to fill the remaining three positions on his staff by Thursday.
MacIntyre has hired Brian Lindgren as offensive coordinator and Kent Baer as defensive coordinator. Klayton Adams, Gary Bernardi, Charles Clark and Jim Jeffcoat also have been hired. What positions those four will be assigned to coach and what titles and responsibilities each will hold were still being refined.
It seems certain Jeffcoat will coach defensive line and Clark will coach defensive backs because both men played in those parts of the defense and have spent their coaching careers tutoring those positions.
Bernardi is likely to coach the offensive line after doing so for three seasons at San Jose State under MacIntyre and at numerous other stops during his 30-plus years in coaching. He also has coached tight end and wide receivers.
Adams also has coached offensive line in the past but he spent the past two seasons coaching tight ends at San Jose State.
It's possible MacIntyre could bring more members of his San Jose State staff with him and it's also possible he could retain Bobby Kennedy, who coached wide receivers at CU under Jon Embree and Rip Scherer, who coached quarterbacks under Embree.
MacIntyre also was talking with several possible additions to his staff from outside the CU and San Jose State programs on Wednesday. He is believed to be looking for a wide receivers coach, a running backs coach and a third coach whose responsibilities would include handling some or all of the special teams units.
MacIntyre said he hoped to announce all or most of his staff Thursday when he stopped for a moment in the Dal Ward Center late Wednesday on his way out to pick up his family at the airport.
Five of the six former San Jose State coaches were on campus Wednesday touring facilities and meeting with staffers to familiarize themselves with CU travel policies and other procedures. They are expected to hit the recruiting trail Friday along with MacIntyre.
Baer was the only one of the six who was not at CU Wednesday. He is expected to come to Boulder soon.
In addition to the assistant coaches, MacIntyre also plans to bring Bryan McGinnis from San Jose State to serve as director of football operations, the same job he filled with the Spartans. CU also is expected to hire a recruiting coordinator.
Sources have confirmed longtime CU linebackers coach Brian Cabral has told CU officials he plans to retire from the school. He could still coach elsewhere if he chooses.
Cabral was the longest serving assistant coach in CU history regardless of sport, coaching linebackers at the school for 23 seasons under five different head coaches. He also served as interim head coach twice during his stay. He was the fifth longest tenured assistant coach in the nation.
Cabral played linebacker for CU in the 1970s before moving on to a successful pro career in the NFL.
While CU is bidding farewell to an institution in Cabral it is retaining another legendary player whose future role with the program is still being designed. Darian Hagan, who was an assistant coach under Gary Barnett and Dan Hawkins and has worked in operations the past two years, will remain possibly as director of player development.
Hagan was the quarterback of the 1990 national title team at CU. He was seen showing several of the new assistant coaches around the CU weight room and athletic training room late Wednesday afternoon.
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