Colorado hires Ge­or­gia’s Tucker as coach

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - - College Football / High Schools -

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.

Mis­souri

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.

South­ern Cal­i­for­nia

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.

Michi­gan State

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.

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