The first season of the Prime Era is in the books. Although some saw this past season for the Buffs as a fluke, the campaign was a true success.
The 2023 Buffaloes won 4x the amount of games as the Pre-Prime 2022 Buffs. The aura of Coach Prime and his team saw the city of Boulder make $18 million dollars in revenue in just the home opener ($113 million total dollars throughout the season). The Buffs’ home stadium, Folsom Field, was packed to capacity every game for the first time in years.
Moving Forward with the Buffs
Although this past season was a success, the original Buffalo coaching staff is seeing some changes during this offseason. A few coaches have ventured elsewhere after coaching under Prime in Boulder. Former Offensive Coordinator Sean Lewis took the head coaching gig at San Deigo State, and former Defensive Ends coach Nick Williams left to Syracuse for the same position.
Following behind those departures is former Defensive Coordinator Charles Kelly, who took a Co-Defensive Coordinator and Secondary coach position at Auburn. Uncle Neely caught up with Coach Prime during one of his workouts, asking him about the process of hiring the right coach for this spot.
I Got Time
“I’m going to get it right,” Prime stated. “…it’s going to be professionals — not just coaches that have coached at the highest level in the NFL, but coaches that can relate to the kids, to the rest of the staff, as well as to me.”
Prime wants someone “that can propel these kids to their destination.”
“Some of these coaches at the collegiate level are [already] doing interviews, [but] I got time,” he said. “I want to get it right, I want to make sure we have the right guy, because everybody is not built for this team, this moment, [or] this attention. I could’ve done it weeks and weeks ago. But would that’ve been the right guy? I don’t think so.”
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