Kugler returning to NFL to coach Bills' offensive line

Updated: February 4, 2007, 6:57 PM ET
Associated Press

BOISE, Idaho -- The assistant head coach and offensive line coach for the Boise State football team has resigned to return to coaching in the National Football League, the school announced Sunday.

Sean Kugler will help coach the offensive line for the Buffalo Bills.

"Sean did a spectacular job for us this past year," said Boise State coach Chris Petersen in a press release. "We wish Sean all the best in the NFL. He not only made our offensive line better this past year, he made all of us better."

The Broncos went 13-0 last season, won the Fiesta Bowl, and finished No. 5 in The Associated Press poll. A key to that success was an offensive line that helped running back Ian Johnson score 25 touchdowns.

Kugler joined the Broncos last year after Petersen became the head coach. Before Boise State, Kugler spent five seasons coaching in the NFL with the Detroit Lions.

A search has begun for Kugler's replacement, the school said.

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