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Colorado Buffs’ Kurt Roper offers quarterback Steven Montez a clean slate

BOULDER — In December of 1998, Ole Miss hired David Cutcliffe as its head football coach and he selected a pair of up-and-coming assistants to join his staff: Quarterbacks coach Kurt Roper and receivers coach Mike MacIntyre.

Those chance hirings nearly two decades ago laid the groundwork for a pivotal juncture in the career of starting Colorado quarterback Steven Montez. MacIntyre, entering his sixth season as CU’s head coach, hired Roper as the Buffs quarterback coach last month and he was formally introduced Wednesday to local media.

When Brian Lindgren’s departure to Oregon State opened the vacancy, Roper appeared a natural fit. But after a career with 13 combined seasons as an offensive coordinator, it was initially unknown whether he’d be willing to give up play-calling duties when not retained at South Carolina.

“(Roper) could have gone some other places to be a coordinator this year,” MacIntyre said. “But he wanted to come here and wants to be part of what we’re doing.”

Beyond his prior football relationship with MacIntyre, which extended to a 2008-09 stretch on staff under Cutcliffe at Duke, Roper says he was “intrigued” by adapting to the Buffs’ spread attack under co-offensive coordinators Darrin Chiaverini and Klayton Adams. Roper’s coaching resume includes the mentorship of four future NFL quarterbacks: Eli Manning (Ole Miss), Andre’ Woodson (Kentucky), Thad Lewis (Duke) and Sean Renfree (Duke).

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