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More changes to CU Buffs football staff

OLB coach Brian Michalowski won’t be retained, as QB coach Danny Langsdorf reportedly going to Temple

Colorado outside linebackers coach Brian Michalowski, right, during practice on Monday, Aug. 9, 2021. (Matthew Jonas/Staff Photographer)
Colorado outside linebackers coach Brian Michalowski, right, during practice on Monday, Aug. 9, 2021. (Matthew Jonas/Staff Photographer)

Two more coaches from Colorado’s football staff are moving on.

A source confirmed Monday that Brian Michalowski, the Buffaloes’ outside linebackers coach the past three seasons, will not be retained.

On Monday evening, Bruce Feldman of The Athletic reported that Temple is expected to hire Buffs quarterbacks coach Danny Langsdorf as its offensive coordinator.

Michalowski was hired at CU by former Buffs head coach Mel Tucker on Jan. 7, 2019, as the director of quality control for defense. About a month later, Tucker elected to promote Michalowski to a full-time assistant position, coaching the outside linebackers. A year later, Tucker left CU for Michigan State and his replacement, Karl Dorrell, chose to keep Michalowski on board.

Now, Dorrell is going in a different direction.

After cornerbacks coach Demetrice Martin left CU for the same position at Oregon, Dorrell responded last week by hiring two new defensive coaches: Rod Chance (cornerbacks) and Vic So’oto (defensive line). Chance came to CU from Oregon and So’oto from USC.

When So’oto was hired, CU announced that defensive coordinator/defensive line coach Chris Wilson would coach a different position yet to be determined.  With Michalowski not returning, it’s possible Wilson will coach the outside linebackers.

During his three seasons at CU, Michalowski helped Carson Wells become one of the most dominant outside linebackers in the Pac-12. Wells led the country in tackles for loss per game (2.67) in 2020. This season, Wells was second in the Pac-12 in TFLs per game (1.13). Over the past two seasons, Utah’s Devin Lloyd is the only player in the Pac-12 with more tackles for loss than Wells (29.5), who is now preparing for the NFL Draft.

Guy Thomas and Joshka Gustav also made significant strides under Michalowski’s direction and second-year freshman Devin Grant showed promise when he got a chance to play in the final two games this year because of injuries to others.

BOULDER, CO – April 14, 2021: Colorado quarterback Grant Ciccarone, left, and quarterbacks coach Danny Langsdorf during University of Colorado football practice. (University of Colorado Athletics)

As a recruiter, Michalowski helped CU sign 10 players over the past three years, including three in the 2022 class. He was rated by as one of the Pac-12’s top 15 recruiters in 2020 and 2022. Michalowski was an at-will employee in 2021, so there is no contract for CU to buy out.

Langsdorf’s departure would not be a surprise after CU hired Mike Sanford as its new offensive coordinator last month. Like Langsdorf, Sanford is a longtime quarterbacks coach.

Langsdorf was a part of Dorrell’s original staff in 2020 and his current two-year contract was set to expire on Feb. 14. During the 2020 season, Langsdorf helped Sam  Noyer earn second-team All-Pac-12 honors — the only CU quarterback to earn first- or second-team all-conference honors since 1997.

This past season, second-year freshman Brendon Lewis started all 12 games. He struggled during the season but showed some improvement as the campaign went along. Lewis threw for only 1,540 yards and 10 touchdowns but limited his interceptions (three).

Dorrell’s 10-member full-time assistant coaching staff will now have at least five new faces this year. In addition to not retaining Michalowski and losing Martin and Langsdorf, Dorrell fired offensive line coach Mitch Rodrigue during the season and offensive coordinator/receiver coach Darrin Chiaverini at the conclusion of the season.

Last month, Dorrell hired Sanford as the offensive coordinator and Kyle DeVan as offensive line coach.

With Michalowski not returning and Langsdorf apparently on his way to Temple, CU has nine assistants and one spot to fill. That spot could possibly go to a receivers coach if Sanford coaches the quarterbacks. CU has yet to announce which position Sanford will coach.

In the past 12 months, Dorrell has overhauled his original coaching staff from when he was hired in February of 2020. Seven of his 10 original assistants, as well as his original strength and conditioning coach, are no longer with the program.

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