Colorado is searching for a new head coach after Mel Tucker agreed late last night to take over the program at Michigan State.
Tucker lasted just one season into a five-year deal he signed in December 2018. He originally backed out of the Michigan State search only to change his mind a couple of days later after the Spartans made another push for him.
Tucker’s abrupt change of heart has elicited reaction from all over. Some are angry he backed off his commitment to Colorado, while others are more understanding. It sounds like Colorado wide receivers coach Darrin Chiaverini falls into the former category.
This morning, after news of Tucker’s departure broke overnight, Chiaverini tweeted a message to Buff Nation. The 42-year-old Chiaverini has been coaching at his alma mater since 2016 and has already been named as a potential successor for Tucker.
“The Pride and Tradition of the Colorado Buffaloes will not be entrusted to the timid or the weak!! Shoulder to Shoulder we will fight for our brothers next to us!! Buff Nation stay strong and stay together,” Chiaverini wrote.
The Pride and Tradition of the Colorado Buffaloes will not be entrusted to the timid or the weak!! Shoulder to Shoulder we will fight for our brothers next to us!! Buff Nation stay strong and stay together 💯🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥
— Darrin Chiaverini (@CoachChev6) February 12, 2020
In addition to Chiaverini, Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy, another Colorado alum, has been mentioned as a potential replacement for Tucker. However, Bieniemy could elect to remain with the Super Bowl champions rather than try to rebuild his alma mater.
Colorado went 5-7 in 2019 under Tucker.