The Colorado Buffaloes were once a proud and distinguished member of the Big 12 Conference. In a not-so-distant past, the Buffs were even contenders in the Pac-12 and playing for the conference championship.
However, as of late, Colorado has been bad. In 2020, Colorado was 4-2 (3-1 Pac-12) in Karl Dorrell’s first year, and in 2021, they went 4-8 (3-6 Pac-12). Something fell even further this past offseason for Colorado, as the Buffs started off 0-5, with their closest game being a 43-20 drudging at the hands of Arizona this weekend. That is bad football, by any standard, and is the reason why Colorado is now looking for a new head coach.
The search may not be very fruitful though, as some of the reviews coming back concerning the prospects of the job aren’t exactly positive.
According to CBS Sports’ Dennis Dodd, there have been some very harsh realities brought to light about the Colorado job from anonymous outside perspectives.
“The complications are it’s a difficult, complex landscape. It’s different than most people think it is,” one coach familiar with Colorado told CBS Sports.
Another anonymous coach told Dodd that he “wouldn’t wish that job on anybody.”
Colorado has a rich history, but is looking for its fifth coach since 2010 and is currently one of the worst programs in the FBS. That is not something that coaches are jumping at the opportunity to take over, so the candidates’ list will be quite unique.
Whoever they find, will need to try and replicate the job that Lance Leipold has done at Kansas in two years, and if they can do that it would go a long way in getting Colorado back to its former glory.