Colorado co-offensive coordinator Sean Lewis emerging as top target for SDSU head-coaching vacancy: Sources

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Colorado co-offensive coordinator Sean Lewis has emerged as the top target in San Diego State’s head-coaching search, program sources confirmed Tuesday. ESPN first reported the news. Here’s what you need to know:

  • Lewis joined Colorado coach Deion Sanders’ staff last offseason after departing from Kent State as head coach.
  • The 37-year-old led the Golden Flashes from 2018 to 2022, posting a 24-31 record and winning the 2019 Frisco Bowl in his five-year tenure.
  • Lewis was also in consideration for the Syracuse head coach position prior to Fran Brown emerging as the top candidate.
  • The Buffaloes finished this season with a 4-8 record.

What Lewis could bring to SDSU

Lewis left Kent State for the offensive coordinator job at Colorado in hopes it would be a faster ticket up the coaching ladder and it appears that plan worked out after just one year, even in a year in which he was controversially demoted from play caller at midseason.

Multiple industry sources expressed consternation to The Athletic at coach Sanders’ move after the Buffaloes’ hot start offensively. Lewis is a well-respected offensive schemer and took Kent State to its first bowl win as a head coach. Now, he’s heading to a school with a brand new stadium that has won the Mountain West three times since 2012.

Lewis also brought offensive line coach Bill O’Boyle with him to Colorado from Kent State. It wouldn’t be surprising if O’Boyle left Colorado to join Lewis again. Sanders expressed frustration multiple times with the performance of the Buffaloes’ patchwork offensive line this season and forecasted the program may replace many of them this offseason. — David Ubben, senior college football writer

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