Miami football legend Warren Sapp says he’s joining 2024 Colorado staff

Unknown date; Miami, FL, USA; FILE PHOTO;Mandatory Credit: Photo By USA TODAY Sports
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Miami football legendary defensive tackle Warren Sapp is the latest former Hurricane to wear Colorado gear on national television. In an appearance on the Rich Eisen show, Sapp donned a Colorado hat and told the eponymous host he is getting his degree to join the Buffaloes’ coaching staff next year.

The appearance by Sapp with Eisen comes less than a week after Dwayne Johnson wore a Colorado t-shirt while picking the Buffaloes to defeat Colorado State last weekend on ESPN College Gameday. The Buffaloes beat the Rams 43-35 in double overtime. Johnson did praise Miami during his appearance on gameday.

Sapp has never coached.  After his retirement in 2007, Sapp was an analyst on the NFL Network until he was fired in 2015. Sapp has made occasional media appearances since being fired by the NFL Network. Brian Jones and Sapp have co-hosted the weekly podcast BetUS Unfiltered since October 2020.

Sal Sunseri who has been a college and NFL assistant coach since 1985 is currently the defensive tackle coach for Colorado. Sunseri turned 64 in August. Sanders could choose to re-assign Sunseri unless he retires. Nick Williams coaches the Colorado defensive ends. Williams previously helped Texas A&M sign an elite DL class.

Colorado already has a staff stacked with former college head coaches and NFL veterans. Offensive Coordinator and quarterbacks coach Sean Lewis and tight ends coach Tim Brewster are former college head coaches. Offensive quality control analyst Pat Shurmur was the head coach of the Browns, Giants and Eagles.

Dennis Thurman played nine years in the NFL and has been coaching in college and professional leagues since 1988. Thurman is the defensive director of quality control for Colorado.  Also on the staff is former Colorado linebacker Brian Cabral, interim coach and nine-year NFL veteran Brian Cabral.

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Sapp would be another name for Sanders to generate publicity for Colorado. The Miami football program is building an elite defensive line in the 2024 class with Pro Football Hall of Famer Jason Taylor and NFL veteran Joe Salave’a as position coaches. Sapp would similarly attract blue-chip prospects for Colorado.