Re­port: Colorado to hire Ge­or­gia as­sis­tant coach

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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 spokesman 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 Texas Tech: Texas Tech in­tro­duced Matt Wells as its new head coach Satur­day. Wells is fa­mil­iar with the tools the ex­plo­sive Tech of­fense has and be- lieves the Red Raiders can make a jump quickly from this season’s 5-7 fin­ish. Tech av­er­aged 37.3 points per game in league play de­spite con­stant in­jury is­sues at quar­ter­back.

Wells’ coach­ing ca­reer started at Navy from 1997-2001. 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, andWells 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 pro­grambest 11 games. UCF: McKen­zie Mil­ton was set­tled in at home to watch UCF face Mem­phis in the Amer­i­can Ath­letic Con­fer­ence Cham­pi­onship Game, but his pres­ence was felt at Spec­trum Sta­dium.

UCF fans went all out in their tributes to the in­jured star quar­ter­back, who suf­fered nerve dam­age and a dis­lo­cated knee dur­ing the Knights’ win over ri­val USF last week.

Mil­ton was re­leased from Tampa Gen­eral Hos­pi­tal af­ter three surg­eries and planned to watch the game with his fa­ther, ac­cord­ing to a re­port by Maria Tay­lor on ESPN’s “Col­lege Game Day.” She stated doc­tors are en­cour­aged by how much Mil­ton is able to wig­gle his toes and he is slated to have surgery to re­pair his dis­lo­cated knee in four to six weeks, de­pend­ing on the speed of his vas­cu­lar re­cov­ery.


ESPN re­ported Satur­day that Ge­or­gia de­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor Mel Tucker is ex­pected to be named Colorado’s new head foot­ball coach. Colorado said the job has not been of­fered “to any­one at this point.”

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