Tuesday, the Colorado State football program announced its new offensive coordinator. A day later, the coordinator on the other side of the ball has been added as well.
As part of a significant staff announcement, CSU confirmed Wednesday that Chuck Heater will be Steve Addazio‘s defensive coordinator with the Rams. Heater has an extensive history with Addazio, serving as the latter’s coordinator at Temple in 2011-12.
They were both on Urban Meyer‘s Florida staff from 2005-10 as well.
“Across the country, when you talk about defensive football, Chuck Heater is a name that comes up again and again,” the Colorado State football head coach said in a statement. “Our paths have crossed at Florida and at Temple, and I am excited to bring Chuck back to Fort Collins as a part of this coaching staff. He has national-championship level experience, and I am looking forward to seeing our defense take shape under his leadership.”
The past two seasons, Heater was an assistant at Maryland. From 2013-17, he was the defensive coordinator at Marshall.
Way back in 1991-92, Heater was was the defensive coordinator at Colorado State.
In addition’s to Heater’s hiring, there were four more additions to Addazio’s first Colorado State football coaching staff:
- Louie Addazio, Offensive Line
- Sean Cronin, Inside Linebackers
- Anthony Perkins, Cornerbacks
- Antoine Smith, Defensive Line
Nearly five weeks after being named as the new Colorado State Rams football head coach, Steve Addazio has gotten down to the business of filling two spots on his initial CSU staff.
Tuesday, the Rams announced that Joey Lynch has been named as Addazio’s offensive coordinator. Lynch was an assistant at Ball State for the past 11 seasons, the last six as the MAC program’s coordinator.
Lynch also held the title of assistant head coach.
On top of Lynch’s hiring, CSU also confirmed the addition of Brian White as running backs coach. He will also carry the title of senior associate head coach.
The past five seasons, White was on Addazio’s staff at Boston College as running backs coach. White has also served in the same position at Florida (2011-14) and Wisconsin (1995-06). He was also the Badgers’ offensive coordinator the last eight seasons in Madison.
“I am excited to bring Joey Lynch and Brian White to Fort Collins,” the Colorado State Rams football coach said in a statement. “Both men embody the characteristics we are looking for in this program: passion for the game, love for those around them, and an unrivaled toughness. I am looking forward to getting them both on the road to meet with recruits and around our program to grow with our players, staff, and community.”
It’s not just players who have followed Mike Bobo to the South Carolina football program.
Thursday, South Carolina confirmed that Joe Cox has been added to Will Muschamp‘s coaching staff as tight ends coach. Cox will take over for Bobby Bentley, who will remain on staff as quarterbacks coach.
Cox was an assistant on Bobo’s staff at Colorado State. Bobo, of course, is now USC’s offensive coordinator.
“I’m excited to add Joe to our staff,” the South Carolina football head coach said in a statement. “He has a long relationship with Coach Bobo, who speaks very highly of him, and did a great job with the tight ends and wide receivers at Colorado State. Bobby will be able to bring his experience and expertise to assist with the quarterbacks, allowing Coach Bobo the luxury of being able to move around more during practice to observe the entire offense
To make room on the 10-man on-field staff, defensive assistant Kyle Krantz will shift back to an analyst role.
“Kyle has done a fantastic job for us, but in order to make this work for our offense, we needed to open up an on-field spot for Joe to come aboard,” Muschamp stated.
A former quarterback at Georgia who had Bobo as his position coach, Cox was CSU’s wide receivers coach in 2019. He coached tight ends for the Rams the previous four years.
The CSU job was Cox’s first at the collegiate level.
“I appreciate Coach Muschamp giving me this opportunity and I’m excited about continuing to work with Coach Bobo,” said Cox. “We have a long history together – first at Georgia, then at Colorado State. I’m also looking forward to getting back to the South and the places where I’m most comfortable. I am anxious to get started working with this staff, the group I have this spring, and adding more quality players to the tight ends room.”
The Mountain West Conference has a brand new TV deal locked in, and it’s a big one for the conference. The Mountain West announced it has agreed to terms on a new media rights deal with CBS Sports Network and FOX that will run through 2025-2026. The six-year contract is valued at $270 million for the conference.
The new media contract with CBS Sports and FOX will send 23 Mountain West Conference football games to CBS, CBS Sports Network, FOX, or FOX Sports 1, and an additional 10 games may be added to CBS Sports Network or CBS’s streaming digital platform, which is a paid service. FOX will air game son both network television and FOX Sports 1. FOX will have first dibs on any Boise State home games as part of the deal. FOX will broadcast the Mountain West Conference championship game as part of its package of games on either FOX or FOX Sports 1.
Boise State continues to be a winner in the new deal with a higher percentage of conference TV revenue share. However, it has been noted this will be the final time Boise State gets such an advantage.
Also of note, Hawaii will be keeping its own local rights agreement. In return, Hawaii will hand over conference games as part of the TV deal. Hawaii’s revenue share will be calculated differently as well.
The new media deal is certainly heavy on traditional television outlets as opposed to the push for digital streaming options. Even though the media landscape continues to move away form traditional cable options, the Mountain West Conference going with a relatively shorter contract shows the conference is still comfortable with the media landscape’s stability for the near future. And for how much the conference will distribute to conference members for the next six years, everyone should be pretty happy about the deal. As far as Group of Five conferences go, the Mountain West has a very good deal in place with multiple viewing options to expand the visibility of the conference’s football and basketball brands.
For South Carolina, the Mike Bobo-fueled Colorado State pipeline remains wide open.
The head coach at Colorado State for five seasons, Bobo was fired earlier this month. Less than a week later, Bobo was hired as the offensive coordinator at South Carolina.
Dec. 28, CSU quarterback Collin Hill announced that he is transferring to USC. Two days later, one of Hill’s former teammates, Adam Prentice, announced on Instagram that he is joining Hill in Columbia.
“I’m excited to see what this new opportunity brings!” the fullback wrote. “Can’t wait to get started in January.”
As a graduate transfer, Prentice will be eligible to play immediately for the Gamecocks in 2020. A 2015 signee, Prentice had previously been awarded a sixth season of eligibility. He redshirted as a true freshman, then missed all of 2016 with a knee injury.
The last three seasons at CSU, Prentice ran for 65 yards on 18 carries. He also caught 18 passes for 115 yards and a touchdown.
As of yet, it should be noted, the football program has not confirmed either player’s addition to the roster.