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Colorado Reportedly Makes Contact With Prominent NFL Assistant Coach

Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy

KANSAS CITY, MO - JANUARY 19: Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy watches fourth quarter game action with head coach Andy Reid of the Kansas City Chiefs during the third quarter of the AFC Championship game against the Tennessee Titans at Arrowhead Stadium on January 19, 2020 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by David Eulitt/Getty Images)

Colorado is in need of a new head football coach in the wake of Mel Tucker's departure to Michigan State. The Buffaloes' No. 1 choice might be a Super Bowl-winning offensive coordinator.

Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy played running back at Colorado. He's the program's all-time leader in rushing yards (3,940), all-purpose yards (4,351), and touchdowns (42).

Logic suggests that Bieniemy, 50, would prefer to stay in the NFL. He's likely to land an NFL head coaching job very soon.

However, the allure of his alma mater could be strong. Colorado has reportedly made initial contact with Bieniemy's representatives. There could be mutual interest.

"Per source, the University of Colorado has reached out to respected KC Chiefs offensive coordinator/CU alumni Eric Bieniemy about its vacant head coaching job. There is preliminary mutual interest between CU and Bieniemy," insider Mike Klis reported on Wednesday night.

This would be a fantastic hire for Colorado's program, which is in need of a spark following Tucker's departure after just one year.

Bieniemy began his coaching career at Colorado, where he was the running backs coach from 2001-02. He was the program's offensive coordinator in 2011-12, as well.