Colorado to name Tucker head coach after SEC Championship

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher 

Georgia Bulldogs defensive coordinator Mel Tucker will be named the Colorado Buffaloes head coach following the conclusion of the Southeastern Conference Championship game. The Bulldogs face the Alabama Crimson Tide on Saturday afternoon at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia.

Tucker was a strong candidate on Friday for the position, according to FootballScoop. Now, Tucker will replace Mike MacIntyre, who was fired.

Former Chicago Bears defensive coordinator Mel Tucker on the field during pregame warm-ups against the New Orleans Saints
Mel Tucker on the field during pregame warm-ups against the New Orleans Saints (Getty Images)

The 53-year-old Miami, Florida native went 5-6 this season before his exit. He was 30-44 as the Buffaloes head coach.

He only had one winning season at the school. In 2016, Colorado went 10-4 before losing in the Alamo Bowl.

MacIntyre was fired with one game left in the season. Colorado named Kurt Roper as the interim head coach for the season-finale.

Tucker will be the 26th head coach in school history. He is the fourth head coach since the 2010 season.

Dan Hawkins was the head coach from 2006 through 2010. He then was replaced by Jon Embree, who lasted two seasons in 2011 and 2012. MacIntyre then replaced Embree.

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.

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