After Mel Tucker abruptly left Colorado to become head coach at Michigan State, the Buffaloes appear to be eyeing an NFL replacement.
Colorado has reached out to Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy regarding its head coaching vacancy and there is preliminary mutual interest between the two parties, a source told 9 News' Mike Klis.
Bieniemy played his college football for the Buffaloes and was the team's OC from 2011-12 before being hired by Kansas City.
Former Spartans head coach Mark Dantonio retired on Feb. 4, potentially leading to a number of changes in the college football landscape. Tucker was announced as Dantonio's replacement Wednesday, leaving Colorado scrambling to find a replacement.
Athletic director Rick George named Darrin Chiaverini interim head coach while the school begins an official search.
It remains to be seen whether Bieniemy would leave the NFL for the collegiate level. He's one of the league's top assistants - calling plays for the Super Bowl champion Chiefs - and was considered for a number of head coaching vacancies over the last two offseasons.
The Buffaloes finished 5-7 in 2019 - Tucker's first and only season at the helm.