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CFB Insider Names 3 Candidates For Colorado Job

A general view of a football game being played between Colorado and Cal.

BOULDER, CO - SEPTEMBER 10: General view of the field as the California Golden Bears offense takes on the Colorado Buffaloes defense at Folsom Field on September 10, 2011 in Boulder, Colorado. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

The Colorado Buffaloes have been in the market for a new head coach since letting go of Mike MacIntyre in mid-November. Now it looks like we have some serious contenders for the job.

According to Yahoo! Sports reporter Pete Thamel, Colorado has identified three potential candidates: Vanderbilt head coach Derek Mason, Georgia DC Mel Tucker, and Oregon DC Jim Leavitt.

Thamel noted that Colorado AD Rick George is looking for a defensive-minded head coach to lead the Buffaloes.

MacIntyre was fired on November 18 after the team lost six games in a row following a 5-0 start. Colorado finished 5-7.

Defense was a serious problem for Colorado in the second half of the 2018 season. The team allowed 30 or more points in six of its seven consecutive losses.

Mason, Tucker, and Leavitt all have the pedigree to suggest a serious defensive overhaul would be on the table. Mason is clearly the most intriguing name, because he's currently the head coach of an SEC program. However, winning consistently at Colorado might be more feasible than doing so at Vandy.

MacIntyre, who led Colorado to a PAC-12 South title in 2016, had just one winning season and no bowl wins in six years at the helm. His final record with the team was 30-44, going 14-39 in conference play.