Coaching Candidates: Steve Mariucci

Colorado may look to the NFL ranks first to get their next head coach and a name that has many CU fans excited is former Detroit Lions Head Coach, Steve Mariucci. Inside, a detailed look at Mariucci, and what the BSN is hearing on this situation.

Steve Mariucci
Currently Unemployed
Age: 50

The Résumé
Head coach Detroit Lions 2003-Nov. 28, 2005
Head coach San Francisco 49ers 1997-2002
Head coach Cal-Berkeley 1996 Assistant coach Green Bay Packers 1992-95 (quarterbacks)
Assistant coach Cal-Berkeley 1987-91 (offensive coordinator, wide receivers, special teams)
Assistant coach Louisville 1983-84 (offensive coordinator)
Assistant coach Cal State-Fullerton 1980-82 (quarterbacks, special teams)
Assistant coach Northern Michigan 1978-79 (Quarterbacks, running backs)
Played quarterback and graduated from Northern Michigan

The Connection
Not sure if this is a plus, but Mariucci's agent is Gary O1Hagan, the same agent Gary Barnett used until recent weeks. O'Hagan was not shy about talking to members of the media about Barnett wanting a contract extension over the summer and early fall, something that chaffed at CU athletic director Mike Bohn, who preferred to keep the negotiations out of the media.

The Buzz
Mariucci was fired from the Lions following the team's loss to Atlanta on Thanksgiving Day. Despite some high-profile draft picks, his Detroit teams underachieved, going 15-28 through the Atlanta loss under Mariucci. At San Francisco, Mariucci coached the 49ers to four playoff berths and one NFC Championship game. Wherever he's coached, Mariucci's teams have taken care of the football. His pro teams have the best turnover rate since the 1970 season.

The Question Marks
Some contend Mariucci's struggles at Detroit and San Francisco (the 49ers were 10-22 in 1999-00) were due to ownership/management more than Mariucci. But you can't say he1s won everywhere hes been.

After becoming accustomed to an NFL coach's salary, is he even interested in going back to the college ranks, especially to a program that presumably can't afford to pay among the top tier Division I salaries?

What We Are Hearing
Steve Mariucci has been contacted through a third party to gauge his interest in potentially coming to Boulder. Also, some donors have said if Colorado could pull in a top coach like him that they may help CU sweeten the pot to make the job more attractive. That is all we know at this time. We are not sure if Mariucci had a favorable response to the the coaching position when contacted, we just know that Colorado is interested.

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