Re­port: Colorado to hire Ge­or­gia as­sis­tant coach

Tri-City Herald (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.

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

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 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 con­stant in­jury is­sues at quar­ter­back.

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.

UCF: McKen­zie Mil­ton was set­tled in at home to watch UCF face Mem­phis in the Amer­i­can Ath­letic Con­fer­ence Cham­pi­onship Game, but pres­ence was felt at Spec­trum Sta­dium.

UCF fans went all out in their trib­utes to 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. 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.

Mil­ton sent a video that will be played for the team and Tay­lor shared another one ad­dress­ing fans.

“I just want to thank ev­ery­one that’s been send­ing their thoughts and prayers to me in this re­cov­ery process,” Mil­ton said in the video. “It means the world to me.”

AB­BIE BUR­NETT AP

At an in­tro­duc­tory news con­fer­ence Satur­day in Lub­bock, Texas, Matt Wells, Texas Tech’s new head foot­ball coach, tells the crowd and me­dia rep­re­sen­ta­tives why he chose Tech and how he plans to build a win­ning team.

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