Gilmore will receive a two-year contract at Nebraska. Assistant coaches at Colorado, by state law, are not afforded contracts of that length.
"He's leaving for a two-year contract, which is a big deal for Ted," Barnett said Thursday. "I understand his need for security, really for any assistant coach, especially since we basically only have month-to-month deals here. Ted's a good man and we wish him well."
Barnett said he doesn't plan to fill the vacancy until after National Letter of Intent Signing Day, which is Feb. 2.
"He is a specialist in his area of expertise and is a perfect fit for our football program," Callahan said. "Ted is a class act in every sense and I know our players and fans will love him."
In Colorado's history, it's unusual for an assistant coach to leave for a position at a Big 12 North school, much less make a lateral move as Gilmore is doing. In 1995, Mike Hankwitz left for the defensive coordinator position at Kansas. Hankwitz had been Bill McCartney's DC in Boulder until 1994, and new head coach Rick Neuheisel offered him a position coach job.
Two assistant coaches have left for positions at Big 12 South schools in recent years, including Kevin Sumlin — hired for a month before Gilmore. Sumlin took the same position at Oklahoma. Defensive line coach Buddy Wyatt went from Colorado to Texas A&M in 2000.
Gilmore said he looks forward to working on the Nebraska staff.
"Coach Callahan is very well-respected in this business and after sitting down and meeting with him, I knew I would become a better coach by working on his staff," Gilmore said. "(NU assistant) Scott Downing is one of my mentors in the business. He recruited me to the University of Wyoming and the chance to work with Scott means the world to me. I also know (NU assistant) Jay Norvell through mutual friends and am excited to work with him, as well as the rest of the staff. I don't know the rest of the staff personally, but I know of them and it is an outstanding group."
Gilmore's two-year contract will pay him an annual salary of $130,000.
Additionally, Nebraska Athletic Director Steve Pederson announced that all of Nebraska's assistant football coaches have received a one-year contract extension. The assistants originally signed two-year contracts upon their hiring a year ago, and their current contracts now run through Jan. 31, 2007.
It's unclear if Gilmore's departure will affect the ultimate decisions of any of CU's known 18 verbal commitments who have yet to sign (three junior college players have already signed LOIs). One of those verbal commits, Jarell Yates of Denver's Montbello High School, is a wide reciever.
Also, Nolan Carrol of Clay HS in Green Cove Springs, Fla., is still undecided, and said earlier this week he got along well with Gilmore during his official visit to Colorado. Carroll has given a verbal pledge to Maryland, but reportedly is still considering Colorado.