Joseph takes Bowling Green job

The Buffalo Sports News has learned that Vance Joseph has accepted a position as defensive backs coach at Bowling Green State University. Numerous sources close to the situation confirm that Joseph will fill the spot vacated by Steven Wilks, who left BGSU for Notre Dame in late March. One BGSU athletic department spokesperson would not confirm the Joseph hiring, but said the school hoped to make an announcement about their choice for filling the vacated assistant coaching job as early as Friday.

Joseph, a former Colorado quarterback, was hired as a graduate assistant at CU in 2000. In 2002, after he had exhausted his two-year GA limit, Joseph took a job as defensive backs coach at Wyoming, but soon accepted the same position at Colorado after it became open following the passing of late CU coach Tom McMahon. Joseph's brother, Sammy, is a sophomore on the Colorado squad.

The 31-year-old was placed on administrative leave with pay last week. CU officials, both in the football program an elsewhere, have declined to comment on why the suspension was handed down. He had not participated in spring practices at CU, which began Friday. Defensive technical assistant Darian Hagan has been working with the cornerbacks in Joseph's absence, while defensive coordinator Mike Hankwitz has been working with the safeties.

Joseph and BGSU head coach Gregg Brandon have a prior relationship, as Brandon was on the Colorado staff as an assistant in 2000, Joseph's first year as GA in Boulder. Brandon played high school football for Gary Barnett at Air Academy in Colorado Springs, and Barnett hired Brandon at Northwestern in 1992. Brandon came with Barnett to Colorado in 1999, joining the BGSU staff two years later. He was named head coach at BGSU in Dec. 2002.

Joseph and CU interim head coach Brian Cabral did not return phone calls asking for comment on Wednesday. Brandon could not be reached for comment Wednesday as well.

Joseph is considered an up-and-coming talent in the college coaching ranks. Hailing originally from Louisiana, Joseph made strides as a football recruiter the past two years, making inroads into his home state. This past recruiting cycle, Joseph went into the state of Michigan and secured the commitments of three players in an area he had not recruited before. Michigan is prime recruiting ground for BGSU, the Ohio school.


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