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Kent State head coach Sean Lewis is reportedly leaving to join Colorado’s staff.
Lewis and Kent State just finished a 5-7 season.
Is this a bizarre move from Sean Lewis?
It’s very rare you see an FBS coach step down to become an assistant. It can occasionally happen when a guy leaves for the NFL (Nick Saban left Toledo to be an NFL assistant), but leaving a head coaching job to be a coordinator in college is about as rare as a unicorn sighting.
Perhaps, Lewis felt the situation with the Golden Flashes was stagnant and he needed a fresh start. In five seasons with Kent State, he went 24-31 and was 1-1 in bowl games.
So, he was hardly lighting it up on the field.
Having said all that, money is likely the motivating factor. Sean Lewis was reportedly making less than $500,000 a year to be the head coach of the Golden Flashes.
There’s a very good chance he will make a lot more at Colorado. The Buffaloes have made it clear the program is committed to giving Deion Sanders whatever resources he needs.
That includes money to staff up, and $500,000 won’t be hard for the program to blow past.
Still, you just don’t see stuff like this happen very often. Hopefully, it works out for Lewis, but becoming a head coach is always the goal. He accomplished that and now he’s going back to being an assistant. It’s a bit strange to say the least.