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Chiaverini to become CU's next offensive coordinator

Darrin Chiaverini was named interim football coach on Feb. 12 following the departure of head coach Mel Tucker to Michigan State.
Credit: AP Photo/David Zalubowski
Colorado Buffaloes wide receivers coach Darrin Chiaverini in the fourth quarter of an NCAA college football game Friday, Aug. 30, 2019, in Denver. Colorado won 52-31.

BOULDER, Colo. — New Colorado head football coach Karl Dorrell announced Thursday he will retain four assistant coaches from the previous full-time staff.

Darrin Chiaverini, Darian Hagan, Brian Michalowski and Tyson Summers will all return to the CU football program.

Sources close to Chiaverini confirmed to 9NEWS he will be the new offensive coordinator, signing a three-year deal. 

"It's always important if you can maintain some continuity during a coaching change," Dorrell said on CUBuffs.com. "I've been around enough college and professional teams where doing so offers some stability. I had great conversations with all four and while I haven't determined their exact roles as of yet, I am excited that we share the same goals and vision for the program. I am excited about all four and am looking forward to working with them."

Dorrell was officially made Colorado's 27th head football coach on Sunday.

CU athletic director Rick George proposed a five-year, $18 million contract — a $3.5 million annual average — to the CU Board of Regents for Dorrell's contract.

That's an increase from the 5-year, $14.75 million deal — $2.9 million per — the Buffaloes gave Mel Tucker last year. Tucker left after one year and $2.4 million to sign a more lucrative deal with Michigan State.

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Dorrell, 56, spent two stints as a coach with the Buffaloes in the 1990s. He was a wide receivers coach for the 1992-1993 season, and served as offensive coordinator and wide receivers coach from 1995 to 1998.

His lengthy and much-travelled coaching career also included a stint as Mike Shanahan's receivers coach with the Broncos from 2000-02.

The UCLA alum went 35-27 as the head coach of the Bruins from 2003 to 2007, Dorrell's only previous experience as a head coach. He won at least six games each season and went to five consecutive bowl games in his five seasons, going 1-4 in those games.

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