Just a few days before National Signing Day kicks off, Mike Bobo has put the finishing touches on filling the holes on his Colorado State coaching staff.
The football program confirmed Wednesday in a press release that Bobo has hired Chase Gibson and Keith Gilmore as assistant coaches Nos. 9 and 10. The former will coach linebackers, while the latter will handle the defensive line.
Additionally, Gibson will take on the role of special teams coordinator for the Rams.
From 2009-16, Gilmore served as the line coach at three different Power Five football programs, most recently at Notre Dame from 2015-16. He also spent time in the same capacity at North Carolina (2013-14) and Illinois (2009-12).
The past two seasons, Gibson was the linebackers coach at FCS Eastern Kentucky. His only job at the FBS level came as a quality control/assistant secondary coach at Tennessee with John Jancek, who was named defensive coordinator at CSU in the middle of last month.
Mike Bobo looked both inside and out of his Colorado State football program to fill holes on his coaching staff.
George Helow was promoted to safeties coach, the football program announced Thursday. Additionally, Eric Lewis was hired and brought in to coach the Rams’ cornerbacks, completing an overhaul of CSU’s secondary when it comes to the coaching side.
Lewis, the son of longtime NFL offensive coordinator Sherman Lewis, spent the 2017 season as a defensive quality control coach at Tennessee. Prior to that, he was the secondary coach at Georgia State (2015-16) and Buffalo (2014), while he coached cornerbacks at Louisville in 2008.
In 2009, Lewis was the coordinator of an Eastern Michigan defense that led the nation in fewest passing yards allowed.
Helow has spent the past two seasons with the Rams, first as a graduate assistant and then as a defensive quality control coach. This will mark his first on-field coaching job at the FBS level.
Mike Bobo finally has his defensive coordinator as Colorado State announced on Friday that long time coaching veteran John Jancek was hired to run the Rams’ defense.
“I’ve had the opportunity to coach on the same staff with John at Georgia, and I’ve coordinated offenses that have gone up against his defenses,” Bobo said in a statement. “He has a great deal of experience coaching and winning at the highest levels of college football, and I’m very excited he is part of the Ram Family.”
The hire of Jancek comes a little over a week after the program nearly brought in former Alabama assistant Derrick Ansley, who was set to head to Fort Collins to take the DC job before getting hired by the Oakland Raiders and their new coach Jon Gruden. The team had an opening at the position after Marty English retired following the 2017 season.
Jancek most recently was a defensive consultant at Kentucky this past season but spent the three years prior as the coordinator at SEC rival Tennessee. All told, this is his fifth stop as a defensive coordinator at the FBS level — including a stint at Georgia that overlapped with Bobo’s tenure in Athens from 2005-2009. He also spent one season as the safeties coach at South Florida in 2016 in his last full-time on the field role as a coach.
Jancek’s move west caps off a busy week for Colorado State’s staff after Dave Johnson was hired as run game coordinator and offensive line coach on Tuesday.
It’s been quite the last week or so for Derrick Ansley. And one Mountain West school, for that matter.
Monday morning, reports surfaced that the defensive backs coach had accepted the defensive coordinator job at Colorado State. Later that night, Ansley celebrated the Crimson Tide’s national championship win.
Three days later, and prior to CSU even making an official announcement of a hiring, the now-former Rams coordinator is moving again, with FootballScoop.com reporting that the 36-year-old Ansley has accepted an unspecified position with the Oakland Raiders. ESPN.com subsequently confirmed the move.
Ansley was set to replace Marty English, who retired following the 2017 season. To where Mike Bobo turns now remains to be seen.
Colorado State played in the New Mexico Bowl on Saturday, and afterward the players were released to return home to their families for Christmas break.
For freshman offensive lineman Luis Lebron, that meant a cross-country trip to Jacksonville. And, like many a trip cross-country, that required a stop at Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport.
That quickly turned into a problem when the entire airport shutdown due to a power outage on Sunday. Without any other options, Lebron started walking. He said he walked six miles before he ran into a reporter from the local Fox affiliate.
The story comes with a happy ending: Lebron eventually hitched a ride.
I could say something snarky here, but it’s Christmas so instead I’ll just say this: the Colorado State program and the Lebron family should be proud of how Luis carried himself on a day that would cause many of us to snap. And I’ve no doubt they are.