On the heels of signing a strong class of offensive linemen, Colorado is in search of a man to coach them.
Chris Strausser, who came with Dan Hawkins to CU last year from Boise State to coach the offensive line, has taken a job back in Boise as the Broncos' tight ends coach and running game coordinator.
Strausser said in a released statement that the decision to move back to Boise was a family one.
"It’s just an opportunity for us to get back to where we loved living and where we have family,” Strausser said. “Boise was a place that we all enjoyed, and it’s really about what my wife and I think is best for our family.
Strausser added he'll miss working on the CU staff and labeled it as good a staff as he's ever been on.
“Chris has been a great coach, but an even greater friend and confidant,” said CU head coach Dan Hawkins said. “This is what he and Cathy thinks is best for his family, and I respect that. He’s been by my side throughout this whole deal, he always did a great job, he was doing that here, and we’ll all miss him. I wish him nothing but the best.”
Blake Behrens from Brophy Prep in Pheonix is one of the seven offensive linemen CU signed Wednesday. He knew of Strausser's decision when BSN reached him for comment.
"I was really looking forward to playing under Coach Stausser. I thought he was a great coach. But Coach Hawk is going to bring in an offensive line coach that can get the job done just like Coach Strausser," Behrens said.
All signs point to Hawkins finding a successor to Strausser sooner rather than later. Spring football begins March 12, and Hawkins wants a coach in place by then, and likely well before that.
“We are very happy to have Chris return to Boise State,” Petersen stated. “Chris brings a lot of experience to our program, and he already knows our expectations. We are looking forward to having Chris and his family back in Boise.”