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Colorado’s next head coach will be Georgia defensive coordinator Mel Tucker

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Introducing our newest opponent, hailing from the SEC.

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Just over two weeks after firing head coach Mike Macintyre, the Colorado Buffaloes have found their man—defensive coordinator of the Georgia Bulldogs, Mel Tucker.

Tucker has experience on elite teams (the LSU Tigers under Nick Saban, the Ohio State Buckeyes under Jim Tressel, the Alabama Crimson Tide with Saban again, and the Bulldogs with Kirby Smart); he also has nearly 10 years of NFL coaching experience under his belt with the Cleveland Browns, the Jacksonville Jaguars (where he has a 2–3 record as an interim head coach), and the Chicago Bears. For the college-specific skill of recruiting, he is “[k]nown as a very good recruiter” who landed four- and five-star prospects from southern Florida for the best recruiting class of 2017. Our buddies at Ralphie Report think this is an “outstanding” hire and praise his recruiting, leadership, and player develpment. On paper, Tucker is a scary hire; the biggest potential weakness I see is a lack of experience in the Colorado footprint, but that’s hardly prohibitive for success.

The California Golden Bears are next set to face the Buffaloes in 2021, which could be enough time to get a feel for Tucker in this role and for him to get his system in place.

Poll

On a scale of 1 (not worried) to 5 (very worried), how do you as a Cal fan feel about Mel Tucker as Colorado head coach?

This poll is closed

  • 9%
    0—Homer vote, but I’m not worried because Cal will defeat everyone
    (21 votes)
  • 15%
    1—Not worried
    (34 votes)
  • 13%
    2
    (29 votes)
  • 27%
    3
    (59 votes)
  • 18%
    4
    (40 votes)
  • 14%
    5—Very worried
    (31 votes)
214 votes total Vote Now