Neither Georgia defensive coordinator Mel Tucker nor any other coach has been offered the head coaching job at Colorado yet, according to athletic director Rick George.
In a statement provided to The Athletic’s Bruce Feldman, George said Colorado has not made an offer to any potential candidates yet, and that the school won’t make a decision on a hire until early next week.
#CU AD says in a statement that he 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.
— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) December 1, 2018
Multiple reports tabbed Tucker as the Buffs’ next head coach on Saturday morning. George’s statement probably means an official announcement won’t be coming any time this weekend, and the Buffaloes may still be considering other options.
Colorado fired former head coach Mike MacIntyre on Nov. 18 after a six-game losing streak. SB Nation’s Richard Johnson and Steven Godfrey reported Friday that Vanderbilt head coach Derek Mason and Ohio State offensive coordinator Ryan Day were among the top candidates for the position. However, it’s also entirely possible that Tucker is the frontrunner and will still end up getting the job in the end.
Tucker has served as Georgia’s defensive coordinator since Kirby Smart’s first year as head coach in 2016. The Bulldogs rank No. 10 in scoring defense under Tucker this season, despite losing a slew of top players to the NFL Draft from the 2017 squad.
Tucker and the Bulldogs take on Alabama in the SEC Championship Game in Atlanta on Saturday at 4 p.m. ET.