Colorado’s search for a new head coach has reached its conclusion. The Buffaloes new head coach will be Mel Tucker.
The Buffaloes fired head coach Mike MacIntyre after starting the season 5-6, losing six straight games after starting the campaign 5-0. Interim head coach Kurt Roper lost the team’s final game of the season, ending the year at 5-7. It was the fifth time in six years that Colorado would finish without a winning record.
The 46-year-old coach has significant experience in both college and the NFL.
Tucker is coming off several successful seasons as a defensive coordinator at Georgia. In the last two years, Tucker’s defense has helped lead the Bulldogs to back-to-back SEC East titles, including the 2017 SEC Championship title.
Colorado officially announced the news on Twitter.
IT’S OFFICIAL! Welcome to Mel Tucker, the 26th head coach in CU history
— Colorado Buffaloes Football (@RunRalphieRun) December 5, 2018
He also has NFL head coaching experience. He served five games as interim head coach for the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2011, resulting in a 2-3 record.
As head coach of Colorado, Tucker will be seeking to lead the Buffaloes to their second bowl appearance in over a decade.