Colorado Buffaloes defensive line coach Jim Jeffcoat won’t return as part of Mike MacIntyre’s staff for the 2018 season, per a source with knowledge of the situation and now reported by the Daily Camera.
Jeffcoat, 56, retired from the NFL after playing 14 seasons with the Dallas Cowboys (1983-94) and Buffalo Bills (1995-97), before starting a career in coaching in 1998. As an original member of MacIntyre’s staff at San Jose State, Jeffcoat made the transition to Colorado in 2013. The former coach departs with a 25-38 record as an assistant over the past five seasons.
The Buffs defense ranked 108th overall in total yards allowed last season (451 ypg avg.), finishing second to last in the Pac-12 for sacks ahead of Oregon State with 19. CU’s defensive line has lacked quality recruits in recent years due to a shortage of talent with a majority of projected starters like Javier Edwards and Chris Mulumba coming in as junior college transfers. Jeffcoat helped account for two high school recruits during last month’s early signing period— defensive end Tava Finau and offensive lineman Frank Fillip.
MacIntyre is weighing the options on Jeffcoat’s replacement with an announcement expected in the coming week before Spring Ball.