Colorado will continue to employ a co-coordinator system with its offense in 2018, but it will have a different look.
On Tuesday, CU confirmed reports that co-offensive coordinator Brian Lindgren has left the program to accept the coordinator job at Oregon State, while announcing that offensive line coach Klayton Adams has been promoted to co-coordinator, alongside Darrin Chiaverini.
Chiaverini and Lindgren have worked as co-coordinators the past two years, with Lindgren calling plays. Chiaverini will now handle the play-calling duties.
"Darrin brings a lot of expertise to the table, and I'm looking forward to what he can do with the play calling," head coach Mike MacIntyre said in a press release from the school. "He and Brian worked well together coordinating the offense, and I believe he and Klayton will develop the same kind of chemistry.
"Klayton is a really well-rounded coach. He's coached multiple positions for us that has really helped our offense. I am excited about him being our co-offensive coordinator and having more input in our offense."
Lindgren has spent the past five seasons at CU, the first three as sole coordinator and the last two as co-OC. He has also coached the quarterbacks all five years. Lindgren was first hired by MacIntyre in 2012 at San Jose State and then came to Boulder with MacIntyre in 2013.
"We've been together for six years, which really can be a long time in the coaching profession," MacIntyre said. "I appreciate all he did for us at Colorado as well as at San Jose State. Brian has been a big part of our successes at both San Jose and Colorado; he's done a great job developing quarterbacks at both schools and has been extremely loyal. I wish him nothing but success in his future endeavors."
According to CU, MacIntyre has already started the process of hiring a quarterbacks coach.
Lindgren is expected to be officially hired at Oregon State this week after paperwork is completed. CU's press release said Oregon State contacted CU last week seeking permission to talk to Lindgren.
Lindgren will join the revamped staff at Oregon State, which hired Jonathan Smith as head coach last week. Smith, a former quarterback at Oregon State, got his first full-time job in coaching as the quarterbacks coach at Idaho from 2004-09. Lindgren played quarterback at Idaho from 2000-03.
CU (5-7, 2-7 Pac-12 this year) is hoping the Adams/Chiaverini duo can spark an offense that sputtered throughout a disappointing season.
After going 10-4 and winning the South in 2016, the Buffs were aiming for the conference title this season and believed that an explosive, up-tempo offense would lead them there. Instead, the Buffs finished 11th in the Pac-12 and 80th nationally in scoring, at just 26.4 points per game.
CU's season included a 28-0 loss at Washington State — the Buffs' first shutout loss since 2012. They were also shutout in the first half of each of the final two games.
"I don't think (the offense) met any of our expectations," CU athletic director Rick George told BuffZone.com on Monday. "We had thought our offense would be explosive. We knew there was going to be some learning going on (with sophomore quarterback Steven Montez), but our expectation was that our offense would be powerful and we'd score a lot of points and the fact that we didn't, again, didn't meet our expectations."
This was the third time in five seasons under MacIntyre that the Buffs finished 11th in the Pac-12 in scoring (also 2013 and 2015). They were 10th in 2014 and seventh in 2016.
While at CU, Lindgren helped Sefo Liufau (2013-16) become the school's all-time leading passer. He also helped to develop Montez, who threw for 2,975 yards (third-best in CU history) this season.
During Lindgren's tenure at CU, he coached five of the top eight receivers, in terms of career catches, in program history: Nelson Spruce, Shay Fields, Paul Richardson, Bryce Bobo and Devin Ross. In addition, he coached running back Phillip Lindsay, who wrapped up his career this season at No. 2 on CU's all-time rushing list.
Despite some big individual numbers, the Buffs struggled with consistency under Lindgren, and following a tough 2015 season, the Buffs hired Chiaverini as receivers coach and co-coordinator.
Chiaverini, 40, a receiver at CU from 1995-98, returned to his alma mater after two seasons as special teams coordinator and receivers coach at Texas Tech.
Adams, 34, has spent the past seven seasons with MacIntyre, including coaching tight ends at San Jose State from 2011-12. From 2013-15, he coached running backs and tight ends at CU.
Adams has coached the Buffs' offensive line the past two seasons.