Report: Colorado to hire Georgia assistant coach
Colorado is expected to hire Georgia defensive coordinator Mel Tucker as its new head football coach, according to a report from ESPN on Saturday.
The announcement from Colorado was expected to come after the SEC Championship Game, which was played Saturday afternoon with Georgia facing Alabama.
Colorado disputed that report, however, Athletic director Rick George “has not offered the head coaching position to anyone at this point; he is still in the discussion and evaluation stages and won’t make a decision on a final candidate until early next week,” Colorado athletic department spokemsan David Plati said in an email to the Athens Banner-Herald.
Tucker would be replacing Mike MacIntyre, who went 30-44 at Colorado.
He was fired Nov. 18 with one game remaining in the Buffaloes’ season.
Colorado started this season 5-0 then lost its last seven games.
Tucker has been the defensive coordinator for three seasons at Georgia. Notable
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Wells’ coaching career started at Navy from 199701. He went to Tulsa (2002-06), New Mexico (2007-08, 2010) and Louisville (2009) before joining Gary Andersen’s staff at Utah State in 2011.
Wells was elevated to head coach at his alma mater in 2013. He had a 44-34 record in six seasons at Utah State. The Aggies are 10-2 this year and headed to their fifth bowl in that span, and Wells was voted Mountain West Conference coach of the year for the second time. He was Utah State’s offensive coordinator in 2012, when the school won a program-best 11 games.
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