Eric Bieniemy “doing his due diligence” regarding Colorado job

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The University of Colorado wants to bring its all-time leading rusher back to school to coach the football team. Eric Bieniemy, currently the Chiefs offensive coordinator, is listening, at least for now.

Adam Schefter of reported on Thursday night that Bieniemy is “doing his due diligence” regarding the vacancy created when Mel Tucker left for Michigan State.

Schefter characterizes Thursday night’s communication between Colorado and Bieniemy as the “first time” since Tucker left. Mike Klis of points out that it’s actually the second time this week that Colorado has made contact with Bieniemy.

Regarded as a short-list candidate for NFL head-coaching vacancies in the 2021 hiring cycle, it would be a surprise to see Bieniemy leave the Chiefs for a college program that has become a stepping stone for the likes of Michigan State. Bieniemy, who won a Super Bowl 11 days ago with the Chiefs, could end up with a second ring in 2020 — and he could potentially be in line to succeed coach Andy Reid, 61, when he retires.

8 responses to “Eric Bieniemy “doing his due diligence” regarding Colorado job

  1. Due diligence? Either he wants the opportunity for the job and applies, or he doesn’t. He would have to become his old coach, Bill McCartney. The NFL is easier.

  2. As a longtime CU Buffaloes fan, I hope Eric Bieniemy doesn’t take the Colorado job. He’s earned a shot at an NFL head coaching job, so taking the CU job (or any college job) would be a step in the wrong direction for his career. He should keep having success with Mahomes until a NFL HC job comes along and there are plenty of NFL coaches in “win or get fired” years next season.

  3. This would be a bad move, especially when the pressure to hire diverse head coaches reaching an all time high. He will be in line to get one of the nfl coaching positions next year. He can always return to Colorado to be its HC after their next coach fails.

  4. Due diligence means “how much?”

    Many college HCs make more than NFL HCs, especially rookie ones.

    If Colorado offers him 8-10 million a year with guarantees for several years he’ll be gone.

  5. The avg salary of an NFL HC is around 6 mil. Colorado won’t be offering Eric anything close to 8-10 mil.

    He would be smart to stay in KC as the heir apparent when Andy retires.

    Let’s see, go to CU where he will have trouble recruiting players or continue to work with a generational talent like Mahomes with a valid chance of becoming the HC?

  6. He already was on staff there as OC a few years ago and they were AWFUL. He knows that winning there isn’t easy and if he fails he’d lose any hope of ever being an NFL head coach. He’s way better sticking with Mahomes and just waiting to get a HC job in the NFL. And after his past tenure there it’s kind of stunning that CU actually believes he’s the right guy for the job. Guaranteed if he wasn’t a hot button name right now CU would be looking elsewhere.

  7. I would hate to see him leave KC, and he seems like a great guy, and I wish him the best with what ever choice he makes. CU football ain’t what it was when he carried the rock for them though.

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