Pac-12: Klayton Adams

New Colorado coach Mike MacIntyre is bringing most of his staff with him from San Jose State. MacIntyre has hired six former assistants from the Spartans, according to a report from the Daily Camera, including both coordinator positions.

Writes Kyle Ringo:
MacIntyre has hired Brian Lindgren as offensive coordinator and Kent Baer as defensive coordinator. Klayton Adams, Gary Bernardi, Charles Clark and Jim Jeffcoat also have been hired. What positions those four will be assigned to coach and what titles and responsibilities each will hold were still being refined.

This is a solid first step by MacIntyre. Because while he gets a lot of the credit for turning San Jose State around, he clearly didn't do it all on his own. He did it with his guys.

And as coaches move up the ladder, sometimes loyalty gets lost along the way. With a bigger spending pool for assistants, sometimes there is the desire to go out and get "bigger-name" coordinators. But MacIntyre clearly believes in his staff and the job they did turning the Spartans into an 11-win team.

After it became clear San Jose State wouldn't hire its new head coach from within -- going instead with San Diego's Ron Caragher -- it would make sense that MacIntyre's guys would go with him. Baer, who coached the Spartans to a 29-20 win over Bowling Green in the Military Bowl, reportedly wanted the job but was passed over for Caragher. Baer is no stranger to the Pac-12, having served various roles throughout his career at Cal, Stanford, Washington and Arizona State.

Nice to see MacIntyre repaying the loyalty to the coaches who helped him get to where he is.


Sarkisian speaks on his new staff

February, 20, 2009

Posted by's Ted Miller

While most college coaches typically refuse to acknowledge anything surprises them, Washington's Steve Sarkisian said Friday that he didn't expect freshly hired offensive coordinator Jim Michalczik to bolt before he'd even overseen a practice.

"I was caught off guard by it," Sarkisian said of Michalczik leaving for a post with the Oakland Raiders. 

"I knew Jimmy was a really good football coach. I thought in time that we'd have to deal with it. I wasn't quite ready to deal with it this first year." 

That necessitated Sarkisian's recent moves: hiring Dan Cozzetto away from Arizona State to be offensive line coach/running game coordinator and promoting Doug Nussmeier from quarterbacks coach to offensive coordinator.

"Every coach on our offensive staff at one time or another has been a coordinator," Sarkisian said. "So there are a lot of guys who can think outside the box and not just their position group. They get the game. They have a feel for the game and an understanding that it's more than just their position group

Sarkisian also made it clear that he knew and approved of Cozzetto's reputation as a hard-driving, old-school coach.

"He brings a hard-nosed mentality to our guys up front," Sarkisian said.

Sarkisian confirmed that graduate assistant Klayton Adams, a former assistant coach at Western Washington, which has dropped football, will oversee the tight ends.

He also waved away rumors that some players were struggling with a new, more intense off-season conditioning program.

"Our kids are working their tails off," he said. ""They've bought into Coach [Ivan] Lewis' strength and conditioning program."