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Colorado legend Darian Hagan leaves Buffaloes to coach at SDSU

Colorado’s only natty winning QB is headed in a different direction.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: NOV 02 Colorado at UCLA Photo by Jevone Moore/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

The mass coaching exodus in Boulder continues on, as Darian Hagan is now heading to San Diego State to be their new running backs coaching. Hagan has been around in Boulder for a very long time, both as a player and a coach. During CU’s legendary 1990 season, Hagan acted as the QB that led the Buffs to an Orange Bowl victory over Notre Dame to win their only National Championship.

As for the coaching side of things, Hagan was Colorado’s RB coach from 2006-10 and 2016-22. In 2023, Hagan stepped back into an ambassador role after Deion Sanders became the Buffaloes’ head coach. Now, the legendary CU quarterback will join former Buffs offensive coordinator Sean Lewis’ staff at SDSU.

Colorado’s run game regressed in 2023 without Hagan at the helm, as not a single runner eclipsed 100 rushing yards during a game for the entire season. Hagan is getting a significant promotion with the Aztecs, as he will get to be an on-field coach again and not just an ambassador to the program. Hagan has left a massive legacy in Boulder both on and off the field and will be greatly missed in 2024. We’d like to miss Coach Hagan the best of luck going forward at SDSU.