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Colorado cornerbacks coach Rod Chance

One week after losing its cornerbacks coach to Pac-12 rival Oregon, Colorado has replaced him with Oregon’s former cornerbacks coach.

On Friday, CU and head coach Karl Dorrell announced that Rod Chance has been hired to coach the Buffs’ corners. Chance spent the past two seasons in that role with the Ducks.

Last week, Oregon and its new head coach, Dan Lanning, hired cornerbacks coach Demetrice Martin away from the Buffs. Dorrell acted quickly and landed Chance.

“Rod comes to us as a coach that can develop our corners and impact our defense right away,” Dorrell said in a press release. “He is known as a developer, a strong recruiter and has the defensive knowledge to help our secondary improve and play at a high level.”

Chance, 37, finished his tenure at Oregon on Wednesday night with the Ducks’ 47-32 loss to Oklahoma in the Alamo Bowl.

Dorrell and CU safeties coach Brett Maxie both worked with Chance at Vanderbilt in 2014. Dorrell was Vandy’s offensive coordinator, Maxie coached the secondary and Chance was a defensive quality control coach.

“I’m excited and privileged to join such a great staff of good people,” Chance said.  “I am looking forward to get right to work and help the foundation that’s being built in Boulder.  At Vanderbilt, I had the privilege of learning and developing under coach Dorrell and coach Maxie and it’s exciting to be reuniting with them.  I want to thank coach and athletic director Rick George for having the faith in me for this opportunity.”

In 2020, Oregon lost to veteran corner Thomas Graham Jr., who opted out of the season because of COVID-19. Despite that, the Ducks were still exceptional at corner under Chance’s direction. Graham’s replacement, Mykael Wright, was first-team All-Pac-12, while Deommodore Lenoir was second-team All-Pac-12.

This season, Wright earned All-Pac-12 honorable mention.

Prior to his two seasons at Oregon, Chance was the cornerbacks coach at Minnesota in 2019. In 2018, he was a defensive analyst at Oregon.

In 2016-17, Chance was the defensive coordinator at Southern Utah. Prior to that, he spent three seasons (2013-15) at Vanderbilt, working as a quality control coach on offense for one year and defense for two.

Chance has also coached at Rhode Island and Alpharetta (Ga.) High School. Chance was a four-year starter at cornerback at Rhode Island, recording 108 tackles and 11 interceptions.

Chance is the second addition to the CU staff this week. On Thursday, Dorrell hired former Southern California defensive line coach Vic So’oto to coach that position with the Buffs. CU has hired four new assistants this offseason, including offensive coordinator Mike Sanford and offensive line coach Kyle DeVan.

With the additions of So’oto and Chance, the Buffs still have at least one more staff change to announce. FBS teams are allowed to have 10 full-time assistant coaches, and the Buffs currently have 11, including six on defense.

Defensive coordinator Chris Wilson will remain, but won’t coach the defensive line in 2022. It’s unclear which position he will coach. Inside linebackers coach Mark Smith is under contract through Feb. 14, 2023.

The other two defensive assistants are Maxie and outside linebackers coach Brian Michalowski, who are both at-will employees.

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