SDSU set to hire Colorado's Sean Lewis as head football coach
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."
- NBC7, the Associated Press and Union-Tribune sources confirmed SDSU's plans to introduce Lewis Wednesday morning.
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.
- The Aztecs have struggled to fill the stadium, even offering complimentary tickets for games.
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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