Rams los­ing two coaches to Vols

The Denver Post - - SPORTS - By Kyle Fredrick­son

The Colorado State foot­ball coach­ing staff will fea­ture a pair of new co­or­di­na­tors next sea­son.

Will Friend, CSU’s of­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor and of­fen­sive line coach, is join­ing Jeremy Pruitt’s staff at Ten­nessee, a source close to the sit­u­a­tion told The Den­ver Post. De­fen­sive backs coach Terry Fair also is leav­ing CSU for Ten­nessee. CSU head coach Mike Bobo con­firmed their de­par­tures Thurs­day night. Nei­ther as­sis­tant will coach for the Rams in the New Mex­ico Bowl.

“Both (Friend and Fair) are def­i­nitely gone. I think they’re catch­ing a plane some­time (Thurs­day) and headed to Knoxville,” Bobo said. “That’s the na­ture of this business. These things hap­pen. It’s al­ways dif­fi­cult when some­body leaves.

“But at the same time, if I was (Ten­nessee’s) head coach, I would want my coaches there to go on the road. I wish they could stay here for the bowl, but at the end of the day, I un­der­stand.”

Kevin O’Brien will step into CSU’s of­fen­sive line coach role, and over­all of­fen­sive game plan­ning will be a col­lec­tive ef­fort.

Friend was the of­fen­sive line coach at Ge­or­gia for four sea­sons un­der then-Bull­dogs of­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor Bobo, who brought Friend to Fort Collins when Bobo was hired as the Rams’ head coach in 2015. How­ever, Bobo has since served as CSU’s pri­mary play­caller.

The Rams have had some of their most pro­lific of­fenses in school his­tory dur­ing Friend’s three-year ten­ure, with quar­ter­back Nick Stevens break­ing the all-time touch­downs record (68) while only be­ing sacked eight times this sea­son. Also, tail­back Da­lyn Dawkins has rushed for 1,349 yards and eight touch­downs in 2017.

Next sea­son, CSU also will be with­out the ser­vices of de­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor Marty English, who an­nounced last month that he would not re­turn to the Rams af­ter coach­ing in the New Mex­ico Bowl.

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