Re­port: Colorado to hire Ge­or­gia as­sis­tant coach

The Sun News (Sunday) - - Sports -

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.

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 Mat­tWells as its new head coach Satur­day. Wells is fa­mil­iar with the tools the ex­plo­sive Tech of­fense has and be­lieves 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 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.

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 GameDay.”

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