Chris Kapilovic

According to multiple reports and BuffZone sources, the Colorado football program will hire Chris Kapilovic to coach the Buffaloes’ offensive line.

Kapilovic has spent the last seven seasons at North Carolina, including the last three as offensive coordinator. He coached the Tar Heels’ offensive line throughout his tenure there, and added the associate head coach title in 2015.

During Kapilovic’s first season as offensive coordinator, in 2016, he helped first-year starting quarterback Mitch Trubisky put together a sensational season that led him to being the No. 2 overall pick, by the Chicago Bears, in the 2017 NFL draft.

Prior to his tenure at UNC, Kapilovic coached the offensive line at Southern Mississippi. Three times in those four years, Southern Miss set a school record for total offense.

Before Southern Miss, Kapilovic spent two seasons coaching the line at his alma mater, Missouri State, and five years at Alabama State.

As a player, he lettered twice at Missouri State, earning all-Gateway Conference first-team honors as a senior in 1990. He played his first two years at Scottsdale (Ariz.) Community College.

CU has yet to officially announce any assistant coaching hires under first-year head coach Mel Tucker, but six of the 10 assistants have now been reported on and confirmed by sources this week.

Jay Johnson, the former offensive quality control analyst at Georgia, has been hired as offensive coordinator. Tyson Summers, the former defensive quality control analyst at Georgia, is set to be hired as defensive coordinator.

Three members of former head coach Mike MacIntyre’s staff, Darrin Chiaverini (receivers), Darian Hagan (running backs) and Ross Els (linebackers), are also expected to return.


Defensive line coach Kwahn Drake was originally reported as returning to CU, but on Thursday was announced as the new defensive line coach at Kansas. Per the terms of his contract, Drake owes CU $100,000 for terminating the agreement before Feb. 14, 2019. He also must reimburse his moving expenses because he left CU within 12 months of being hired.

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