By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Colorado Buffaloes Athletic Director Rick George said in a new statement that Mel Tucker has not been offered the job. He is the Georgia Bulldogs Defensive Coordinator.
FootballScoop said that Tucker would be named the Buffaloes head coach following the Southeastern Conference Championship game. The Bulldogs face the Alabama Crimson Tide in the game.
Tucker emerged as the front-runner fo replace Mike MacIntyre, who was fired with one game left in the season. Kurt Roper finished the season as the interim head coach.
“Rick has not offered the head coaching position to anyone at this point,” the statement said. “He is still in the discussion and evaluation stages and won’t make a decision on a final candidate until early next week.”
This statement doesn’t say that Tucker will not be offered the job. It just says the school may way until next week to name him the next head coach.
The 46-year-old Cleveland, Ohio native has been the Bulldogs defensive coordinator since 2016. He also was the Alabama Crimson Tide assistant head coach and defensive backs coach in 2015.
He spent two seasons as the Chicago Bears defensive coordinator in 2013 and 2014. He was the Jacksonville Jaguars assistant head coach and defensive coordinator in 2012.
He was the Jaguars interim head coach in 2011 for five games. He guided the team to a 2-3 record.
Prior to being promoted to interim head coach, he was the Jaguars defensive coordinator from 2009 through 2011. He spent the 2008 season as the Cleveland Browns defensive coordinator.
He was the Browns defensive backs coach from 2005 through 2007. He was the Ohio State Buckeyes co-defensive coordinator in 2004.
Tucker was the Buckeyes defensive backs coach from 2001 through 2003. He spent the 2000 season as the LSU Tigers defensive backs coach.
He was the Miami (Ohio) RedHawks defensive backs coach in 1999. He began his coaching career as the Michigan State Spartans graduate assistant in 1997 and 1998.