The Denver Broncos lost running back Tyrone Wheatley to college football on Thursday.
Wheatley, 51, has left the Broncos to become the head coach of Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. This will mark his second stint as a head coach at the college level after previously holding that title at Morgan State from 2019-2021.
An experienced running backs coach who spent ten years playing the position with the New York Giants and Oakland Raiders, Wheatley joined the Broncos last year after the team hired Nathaniel Hackett.
Hackett was fired last December and Denver is now seeking a new head coach. Hackett’s holdover coaches are not guaranteed to be retained by the team’s next coach, and several are seeking opportunities elsewhere.
Hackett himself was hired as an offensive coordinator by the New York Jets. Broncos offensive coordinator Justin Outten has interviewed with three teams, quarterbacks coach Klint Kubiak interviewed with two teams and defensive coordinator Ejiro Evero has drawn interest from five teams.
Meanwhile, Denver has eight known candidates for its head coach opening. DeMeco Ryans is believed to be the favorite to replace Hackett.