The focus is always on the head coach, but there are always plenty of other changes throughout the program when a school switches head coaches.
Assistant coaches are let go, and new ones are hired to fill their place. Administrative staff changes are also common, as are changes among the players, with some choosing to transfer out of the program and others giving the school another look.
Here’s a quick look at the changes in Colorado State’s football program following the Dec. 11 hiring of Steve Addazio as the new head coach (Note: This story will continue to be updated as changes occur):
Head coach: Steve Addazio
Addazio, 60, was hired Dec. 11 as the Rams’ 23rd head coach. Addazio spent the past seven seasons as the head coach at Boston College, where he was fired Dec. 1. His Boston College teams 44-44 overall, 22-34 in the Atlantic Coast Conference and played in six bowl games. He has been part of three national championships — 1988 at Notre Dame and 2006 and 2008 at Florida. He also was a head coach at Temple for two seasons, going 13-11. Addazio agreed to a five-year contract with CSU that will pay him a base salary of $1.5 million a year, with annual increases of $50,000.
Ball State Cardinals offensive coordinator Joey Lynch is reportedly set to be CSU’s offensive coordinator. (Photo: Mike DiNovo/USA TODAY Sports)
Offensive coordinator: Joey Lynch
Lynch, 36, comes to CSU from Ball State, where he played quarterback and spent the past 11 seasons as an assistant coach and the past six as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. Ball State’s offense was the best in the Mid-American Conference last season and No. 16 nationally, averaging 463 yards a game. Although not yet announced by CSU, his hiring was confirmed to the Coloradoan by multiple sources and to the Muncie (Indiana) Star Press by Ball State coach Mike Neu.
Former Marshall defensive coordinator Chuck Heater, shown during a Dec. 7, 2013, game at Rice, is expected to become Colorado State’s new defensive coordinator. Heater previously worked at CSU from 1991-92. (Photo: Brendan Maloney/USA TODAY Sports)
Defensive coordinator: Chuck Heater
Heater, 67, is returning to the job he held at CSU on Earle Bruce’s staff in 1991-92. The veteran assistant was part of national championship programs at Notre Dame in 1988 and Florida in 2006 and 2008 and has been a defensive coordinator at Florida, Marshall and Temple and recruiting coordinator at Colorado, Washington, Utah and Florida during a 44-year coaching career that also included stops at Northern Arizona, Toledo, Wisconsin, Ohio State and Maryland. His hiring, first reported by FootballScoop.com and confirmed by the Coloradoan through multiple sources, has not yet been announced by CSU.
Louie Addazio, the tight ends coach at Bowling Green in 2019, has joined Colorado State’s staff. He is the son of new CSU coach Steve Addazio. (Photo: Bowling Green State University)
Tight ends: Louie Addazio
Louie Addazio, the son of the Rams’ new head coach, was the tight ends coach at Bowling Green last season. He spent the previous three years at Ohio State, serving as an intern in 2016 and as a graduate assistant working with the offensive line in 2017-18. CSU has not yet announced his hiring, but he is on the university’s payroll this week, earning an annual salary of $125,000.
Running backs: Brian White
An offensive assistant under Addazio at Boston College for the past five seasons, working with running backs since 2016, White brings 33 years of experience as a college assistant to his new job at CSU. He has been an offensive coordinator at Wisconsin for eight seasons, earning the American Football Coaches Association Assistant of the Year honor in 2004, and Syracuse for two and has also been a position coach at UNLV, Nevada, Washington and Florida. The former Harvard quarterback was a graduate assistant on a national championship team at Notre Dame in 1988. His hiring, first reported by FootballScoop.com, has not yet been announced by CSU.
Sean Cronin, an assistant coach at South Florida for the past three seasons, is expected to join Colorado State’s football staff as linebackers coach under new coach Steve Addazio. (Photo: Travis Pendergrass, State College of Florida)
Linebackers: Sean Cronin
Cronin has spent the past three seasons as a defensive assistant at South Florida under coach Charlie Strong, who was fired during the 2019 season. Cronin was a graduate assistant on Florida’s national championship teams in 2006 and 2008 and was a defensive lineman on Georgetown (Kentucky) College teams that won FCS national titles in 2000 and 2001. Cronin coached linebackers last season at South Florida after spending his first two seasons there coaching defensive tackles. He also has been a defensive line coach at Marshall, Temple and The Citadel. His hiring was first reported by FootballScoop.com and has not yet been announced by CSU.
Former Colorado State football coach Mike Bobo watches from the sidelines during an Oct. 11, 2019, win at New Mexico. Bobo, forced out after five seasons at CSU, is the new offensive coordinator at South Carolina. (Photo: AP Photo/Andres Leighton)
Head coach: Mike Bobo
Bobo, CSU’s head coach for the past five seasons, was hired Dec. 8 as South Carolina’s offensive coordinator. Bobo, 45, reached a resignation settlement with the Rams that was announced Dec. 4, after posting a 28-35 record that ended with a 3-9 season in 2018 and a 4-8 mark in 2019. Bobo, a former Georgia quarterback and offensive coordinator, played college football with South Carolina coach Will Muschamp. Bobo’s resignation settlement with CSU reduced his buyout from $5.5 million to $1.825 million, payable in three equal installments over the next three years. He signed a two-year contract at South Carolina with an annual salary of $1.2 million.
John Jancek, Colorado State’s defensive coordinator for the past two seasons, will not be retained by new coach Steve Addazio. (Photo: Kevin Lytle/Staff)
Defensive coordinator: John Jancek
Jancek, the Rams’ defensive coordinator for the past two seasons, is not returning and confirmed as much with a farewell message on Twitter. His next step is not yet known. Jancek, 51, was a defensive coordinator at Georgia, Cincinnati and Tennessee before coming to CSU.
Joey Guarascio, a strength conditioning coach at Colorado State the past two seasons, gives instructions during pregame warmups prior to a Sept. 28, 2019, game at Utah State. Guarascio was hired Dec. 31 as the head strength and conditioning coach for Florida Atlantic’s football program. (Photo: Kevin Lytle/Staff)
Strength and conditioning coach: Joey Guarascio
Guarascio was hired Dec. 31 as the strength and conditioning coach at Florida Atlantic under new coach Willie Taggart. He spent the previous two years at CSU, serving as an assistant strength and conditioning coach in 2018 and becoming the head strength and conditioning coach in 2019 when Ryan Davis left for the same position at Maryland. Guarascio was an assistant strength and conditioning coach at Mississippi and head strength and conditioning coach at Northwestern State in Louisiana before coming to CSU.
Colorado State quarterback Collin Hill, shown during an Aug. 30, 2019, game against Colorado at Broncos Stadium in Denver, is leaving the Rams as a graduate transfer to join former coach Mike Bobo at South Carolina. (Photo: Special from Cris Tiller)
Collin Hill, quarterback
Hill left as graduate transfer to play in Bobo’s offense at South Carolina. Hill, who is from Moore, South Carolina, played in 18 games over three seasons and tore the ACL in his left knee three times at CSU, where he threw for 3,323 yards and 23 touchdowns.
Colorado State fullback Adam Prentice, shown during a Sept. 22, 2018, game against Illinois State at Canvas Stadium, is leaving the Rams as a graduate transfer to join former coach Mike Bobo at South Carolina. (Photo: Timothy Hurst/Staff Photographer)
Adam Prentice, fullback
Prentice, a two-year starter from Fresno, California, left as graduate transfer to play in Bobo’s offense at South Carolina. Prentice was used primarily as a blocker at CSU, carrying the ball just 18 times for 65 yards in three seasons and catching 18 passes for 115 yards and one touchdown over three seasons.
Colorado State’s Nouredin Nouili, a starting tackle as a true freshman last fall, is transferring to Nebraska to continue his college football career. (Photo: Kevin Lytle/Staff)
Nouredin Nouili, tackle
Nouili, a native of Germany who started seven games for CSU last fall as a true freshman, is transferring to Nebraska as a preferred walk-on. Nouli played one year of high school football in Nebraska after coming to the United States as a foreign-exchange student his senior year.
Colorado State tackle T.J. Storment blocks during practice Aug. 4, 2019. Storment is leaving CSU as a graduate transfer but hasn’t yet announced where he will play his senior season. (Photo: Kevin Lytle/The Coloradoan)
T.J. Storment, tackle
Storment, a starting tackle in 2019, his only season at CSU, is leaving as a graduate transfer after earning his bachelor’s degree last month but hasn’t yet decided where to play his senior season. He visited Purdue this past weekend and said he has received offers from more than 20 schools and hopes to pick one Friday. The North Carolina native played one season apiece at Old Dominion and Fullerton (Junior) College in California before coming to CSU.
Caleb Blake, who played in four games as a true freshman last fall at Colorado State, is sown during practice Aug. 12, 2019. Blake announced at the end of the season that he will transfer but hasn’t yet said where he’ll go. (Photo: Kevin Lytle/Staff)
Caleb Blake, safety
Blake played in just four games for CSU as a true freshman last fall, qualifying him to count it as a redshirt season. The Florida native announced plans to transfer Dec. 6 but has not yet said where he will go.
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