Strausser returning to Boise State as tight ends coach

BOULDER, Colo. -- Chris Strausser, assistant head football
coach at Colorado, is returning to Boise State, where he'll serve
as the team's tight ends coach and running game coordinator.

Strausser, 43, came to Colorado last year with new coach Dan
Hawkins and coached the Buffs' offensive linemen.

He decided to return to Boise State to serve on Chris Petersen's
staff when assistant head coach Sean Kugler left to take a position
with the Buffalo Bills.

Kugler had replaced Strausser as assistant head coach in charge
of the offensive line.

Strausser and his wife, Cathy, have two young daughters, and
"it's just an opportunity for us to get back to where we loved
living and where we have family," Strausser said. "Boise was a
place that we all enjoyed, and it's really about what my wife and I
think is best for our family.

"Not that we didn't enjoy our time in Colorado, and working for
Hawk was great. He's going to do a great job here; I should know,
I've been with him for six years."

Hawkins said he'd like to have a replacement in place by the
time spring practice begins March 12.