Karl Dorrell hires Clay Patterson as Buffs tight ends coach/passing game coordinator

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Colorado’s coaching staff fluctuated once again on Sunday with the hiring of former Minnesota assistant Clay Patterson.

Patterson spent the previous four seasons coaching the Gophers tight ends and he’ll now assume the same role in Boulder. The 39-year-old coach will also take over as CU’s passing game coordinator.

With the hire, Karl Dorrell confirmed that former Buffs tight ends coach Bryan Cook will not be retained.

Before Minnesota, Patterson was previously the head coach at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M from 2016-17. He has also spent time coaching various offensive positions at Trinity Vally Community College, Texas A&M-Kingsville, Tarleton State and Southeastern Oklahoma.

“Before accepting the position at Minnesota, Clay’s background and experience was well documented in highly productive offenses,” Dorrell said. “His knowledge with passing game concepts over his career will be a big benefit for us as we build a successful offense here at Colorado.”

The hire also means that Patterson will reunite with former Minnesota offensive coordinator Mike Sanford, who Karl Dorrell recently named OC for the Buffs.

“When the opportunity to continue to work with Mike Sanford and build an offense together came up, I was thrilled,” Patterson said. “Mike is great to work with and he has an excellent offensive mind.”

Colorado now needs one additional hire to complete its coaching staff.

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