Colorado announces former Georgia DC Mel Tucker as head coach

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Mel Tucker, who has been Kirby Smart's defensive coordinator the past three seasons, has accepted an offer to become Colorado's new head coach.

ATHENS — Mel Tucker has been officially named Colorado’s new head football coach. Tucker will not coach in the team’s Sugar Bowl against Texas.

DawgNation reported that Tucker, formerly Georgia’s defensive coordinator, was finalizing a deal on Tuesday night to take over the Buffaloes program.

Bulldogs coach Kirby Smart indicated he expected turnover on his staff this season.

“I think change is kind of inevitable, you know that that’s going to happen in this profession, (and) you know that coaches get opportunities,” Smart said last month. “When you’re a part of a successful program and you’re able to win games, you’ll have guys get opportunities and I am tremendously happy for them and their families for the opportunities because of what they’ve done for the University of Georgia while they’re here.”

It has been clear that Smart has been particularly fond of Tucker, as the two have worked closely coaching the secondary and defense.

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“Mel’s one of the most professional people I’ve ever met,” Smart said. “… “He’d do a tremendous job (as a head coach). He’s been an interim coach before, and I know he’d do a tremendous job given the opportunity.” reported the deal was has finalized and that the announcement is imminent, and the Boulder Daily Camera followed suit.

Denver’s KUSA Channel 9 put together a video highlighting Tucker’s career stops, the most recent of which has covered the past three years at Georgia.

KUSA Channel 9 video

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