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Klayton Adams promoted to Co-OC, Chiaverini to call plays for the Colorado Buffaloes

An internal hire to replace Brian Lindgren.

NCAA Football: Texas State at Colorado Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

After Brian Lindgren left the Buffs, Mike MacIntyre had to make a big new hire. A new coordinator is a big deal. The Buffs have elected to look inward for this by moving Darrin Chiaverini to play-caller. He should bring another level of pace and spread to the offense. To replace the vacated Co-offensive coordinator role, MacIntyre has promoted Klayton Adams to Co-OC, which essentially makes him the run game coordinator. Here is the release below:

University of Colorado co-offensive coordinator Brian Lindgren has resigned to accept a similar position at Oregon State, CU head coach Mike MacIntyre announced Tuesday.

Lindgren, 37, also coached the quarterbacks for the Buffaloes his five years in Boulder, with his top two performers, Sefo Liufau and Steven Montez, combining to set over 110 school records. The two started 55 of Colorado’s 58 games under Lindgren.

He is expected to be officially hired by OSU later this week once the proper paperwork is completed. OSU had contacted CU officials last week for permission to speak with Lindgren about the position on its staff under its new head coach, Jonathan Smith.

“Brian did a great job for us, and is moving on to Oregon State for his next journey,” MacIntyre said. “We’ve been together for six years, which really can be a long time in the coaching profession. I appreciate all he did for us at Colorado as well as at San Jose State. Brian has been a big part of our successes at both San Jose and Colorado, he’s done a great job developing quarterbacks at both schools and has been extremely loyal. I wish him nothing but success in his future endeavors.”

“He will also be closer to much of his extended family with this move,” MacIntyre noted, as Lindgren is a native of Walla Walla, Wash., and played his college ball at the University of Idaho.

MacIntyre also announced that offensive line coach Klayton Adams will be promoted to co-offensive coordinator with Darrin Chiaverini, who has served in that role the past two seasons with Lindgren. Adams, 34, has worked under MacIntyre for seven years, coaching the tight ends for two seasons at San Jose State, and the running backs and tight ends at CU for his first three seasons in Boulder before shifting over to tutor the offensive line ahead of the 2016 campaign.

“Klayton is a really well rounded coach,” MacIntyre said. “He’s coached multiple positions for us that has really helped our offense, I am excited about him being our co-offensive coordinator and having more input in our offense.”

Lindgren had called the plays on offense for his five years at Colorado, a role that will now shift to the 40-year old Chiaverini, who joined the CU staff last year.

“Darrin brings a lot of expertise to the table, and I’m looking forward to what he can do with the play calling,” added MacIntyre. “He and Brian worked well together coordinating the offense, and I believe he and Klayton will develop the same kind of chemistry.”

MacIntyre has already started the process to hire a quarterback coach. The Buffaloes have three scholarship players at the position, Montez (a junior), Sam Noyer (a sophomore to be) and Tyler Lytle (who redshirted as a true freshman this past season).

CU, as with all other FBS schools, will add a new 10th assistant that the NCAA has approved beginning for the 2018 season (those positions can be filled starting January 9).

Adams should bring a physical emphasis for the offense, and will continue coaching the offensive line. The Buffs still have to hire a quarterbacks coach.