• Thu. Nov 24th, 2022

Darian Hagan is unsure of the future as buffs go through another transition – BuffZone

ByKarla E. Kowalski

Nov 24, 2022

BOULDER-CO- April 22: Assistant Coach Darian Hagan...
Assistant coach Darian Hagan during the University of Colorado Boulder Spring football game on April 23, 2022. (Cliff Grassmick/Staff Photographer)

Darian Hagan has endured numerous coaching changes while on the Colorado football team, but that doesn’t make the recent change any easier to bear.

“I’m a little unsure because you never know what could happen,” said Hagan, the Buffaloes running backs coach.

One of the greatest players in CU history, Hagan led the Buffaloes to their only national title in 1990 as a brilliant option quarterback.

He returned to CU in the mid-1990s as director of the Alumni C Club. He left CU in 1998 for a career outside of football but then decided to become a coach. He was hired as an offensive assistant by then-head coach Gary Barnett on February 9, 2005.

Barnett was fired after that season, but his replacement, Dan Hawkins, retained Hagan as running backs coach — a position he held during Hawkins’ five-year tenure. After Hawkins was fired, Hagan spent five years off the field. He was Director of Player Staff for Jon Embree (2011-12) and Director of Player Development for Mike MacIntyre (2013-15).

However, in 2016, MacIntyre restored Hagan to the role of running backs coach. Hagan has since held that role, working for MacIntyre, Mel Tucker and Karl Dorrell.

On October 2, CU fired Dorrell and is currently in the process of hiring a replacement. Hagan has remained at CU through five other coaching changes and hopes to survive this one too.

“I’m a little worried, but at the same time, life goes on,” Hagan said. “You must go on living, be happy and strive for health.

“It’s unknown, but the most important thing is that I have a great family, I have great family support, so I’m not worried about anything other than not wanting to leave Colorado. Everything has an end and hopefully there is no end in sight.”

When the Buffs (1-10, 1-7 Pac-12) take on No. 14 Utah (8-3, 6-2) at Folsom Field (2:10 p.m. PT, Pac-12 Network) on Saturday, Hagan will arrive Milestone. It will be the 300th game he has been involved with at CU in any capacity, either as a player, coach or staff member.