CU offense coordinator Sean Lewis is in a rush to make Buffs football evil again. “You guys have a really good one.”

Colorado offensive coordinator Sean Lewis speaking at a new conference in February 2023. (Cliff Grassmick/Staff Photographer)

BOULDER — Sean Lewis likes a good gag. But on game day? Not as much.

“I’m one of those guys where if you give me a cup of coffee it’s like two. Give me two cups, it’s like four,” Syracuse football coach Dino Babers, one of the close friends and mentors of the new CU Buffs offensive coordinator, recalled over the phone to The =Post late last week.

“We had a game and there was no coffee and someone (the ‘Cuse staff) handed me my first Red Bull. The first half…the interactions (through the headphones) were so electric and Sean couldn’t understand why I suddenly saying all those extracurricular words and all that other stuff.

“Someone told Sean after the game that they gave me some Red Bull. We have a staff meeting and I find out later that year that he threatened the entire staff that if anyone gave me Red Bull again they would have to deal with him.”

Lewis is 6ft 7 tall with a shaved head and a black beard that flows from University Hill to downtown Louisville.

Spoiler alert: nobody gave Babers Red Bull the game day after.

“But he’s a warm and respectful soul,” laughed the Orange coach. “You guys (in Colorado) have a really good one.”

For many observers, new Buffs football coach Deion Sanders was something of a coup, at least from a resume perspective. Local and national pundits raised eyebrows last December when reports emerged that Coach Prime had lured 36-year-old Lewis, one of the most respected young minds in Group of Five football, away from the position of head coach at Kent State become an offensive play caller at CU.

“There (were) a lot of layers that went into the final decision,” Lewis recently explained. “But ultimately it came down to what was best for me and my family. And that was something that me and my wife did many years ago when we started attracting attention to different occasions, putting together (concrete) set criteria of what our family wanted and what our non-negotiable things were. And the City of Boulder and CU achieved all of those goals.”

“little old soul”

A Midwestern guy with a Midwestern work ethic, Lewis is a Chicago kid from the suburb of Oak Lawn, Illinois. He had been drafted to Wisconsin as quarterback but switched to tight end during the latter half of Barry Alvarez’s tenure as head coach in 2004-05.

From Madison, he returned to his preparatory alma mater as an offensive coordinator before stopping at Nebraska-Omaha (2010) and then Akron (2011) as a graduate assistant, where he met Kim McCloud, then-secondary coach of the Zips — man who would eventually introduce him to Babers.

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