Colorado hires Georgia’s Tucker as coach
Colorado hired Georgia defensive coordinator Mel Tucker as its football coach Wednesday after he helped rebuild the Bulldogs into a national contender.
He wants to bring that same sort of swagger to Boulder. “Colorado should be a ‘no excuse’ program,” Tucker said. “There’s absolutely no reason we can’t achieve success at an extremely high level.”
Tucker received a fiveyear, $14.75 million contract. He starts immediately and won’t coach Georgia in the Sugar Bowl against Texas on New Year’s Day.
Tucker, 46, will replace Mike MacIntyre, who was fired with a game remaining in the season.
Coach Barry Odom’s contract was extended and he’s getting a $600,000 raise. The University of Missouri Board voted unanimously in favor of extending Odom’s contract two years. The raise will bring his salary up to more than $3 million a year. Odom is 19-18 in three seasons at Missouri.
Former Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury agreed to become coach Clay Helton’s offensive coordinator at USC. Kingsbury is considered one of the top offensive minds in football despite being fired by Texas Tech on Nov. 25. Kingsbury’s arrival should placate a large segment of the unsatisfied USC fan base that called for Helton’s firing after the Trojans’ first losing season since 2000.
Running back LJ Scott will enter the NFL draft after this season. Scott, a senior, injured his ankle in September and has played in only four games this year. Coach Mark Dantonio said last month that Scott would redshirt. Scott will play for the Spartans in the Redbox Bowl against Oregon on Dec. 31.
Conference coaches voted Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa and Kentucky linebacker Josh Allen as offensive and defensive players of the year in the SEC. Kentucky’s Mark Stoops was voted the SEC coach of the year by league coaches. Texas A&M’s Braden Mann was the pick as top special teams player and Crimson Tide receiver Jaylen Waddle was selected as freshman of the year.
Ohio State quarterback Dwayne Haskins Jr. was named the offensive player of the year and Michigan linebacker Devin Bush defensive player of the year for the Big Ten Conference. Freshman receiver Rondale Moore of Purdue was voted newcomer of the year and Northwestern’s Pat Fitzgerald was named coach of the year after leading the Wildcats to the Big Ten championship game for the first time.