Nov 28, 2023 - Sports

SDSU set to hire Colorado's Sean Lewis as head football coach

A Colorado University football coach claps on the sidelines of a game.

Sean Lewis. Photo: Dustin Bradford/Getty Images

San Diego State University is expected to hire Sean Lewis, offensive coordinator at Colorado, as its new head football coach.

Driving the news: ESPN's Pete Thamel first reported on X (formerly Twitter) Tuesday that "a deal [is] expected to come together soon."

Context: Lewis, 37, spent five seasons as head coach at Kent State, where he led the Golden Flashes to a 24-31 record and two bowl games, including the team's first-ever bowl win in 2019.

  • Lewis left Kent State last December and signed a three-year, $2.7-million contract with Colorado under head coach Deion Sanders.
  • The move was intended to get "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," The Athletic reported.

Catch up quick: SDSU announced earlier this month that Aztec head coach Brady Hoke would retire at the end of the season, which will not include a bowl game for the first time since 2009.

  • While his departure was framed as a retirement, the Union-Tribune reported Hoke was forced out.

State of play: ​​One year after opening the $310 million Snapdragon Stadium, the university's football program sits in last place in a conference it tried to exit this summer.

Between the lines: Lewis' play calls helped the Colorado Buffaloes enjoy a hot start offensively, putting up big numbers early in the season.

  • So, targeting Lewis makes sense considering "fixing the offense was always going to be the No. 1 priority" for SDSU and he could bring the "exciting offense" the Aztecs need to fill the new stadium, per The Athletic's senior college football writer Chris Vannini.
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