Colorado denies hiring of Georgia DC Tucker is imminent

Georgia Bulldogs defensive coordinator Mel Tucker reportedly is in line to be Colorado's next coach.Photo Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

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Multiple media outlets have reported that Tucker would be officially named as the Buffaloes’ next head coach shortly after Georgia faces top-ranked Alabama in Saturday’s SEC Championship Game. reported that Tucker already has interviewed for the position and was expected to be announced as the head coach within 24-48 hours.

However, Colorado released a statement denying the report while adding that athletic director Rick George has not made a final decision on a successor to Mike MacIntyre.

“Rick has not offered the head coaching position to anyone at this point,” the statement read, “(He) is still in the discussion and evaluation stages and won’t make a decision on a final candidate until early next week.”

Tucker has never been a head coach at the collegiate level, although he served as the interim head coach with the Jacksonville Jaguars at the end of the 2015 season.

MacIntyre was fired on Nov. 18 following the team’s sixth consecutive defeat. The Buffaloes opened the season with five straight wins and moved as high as No. 19 in the Top 25 poll before the slide.

MacIntyre led the Buffaloes to the Pac-12 championship game in 2016 and earned national coach of the year honors. Overall, he owns a 30-44 record.

Colorado’s program was among the worst in the nation before the arrival of MacIntyre, going 4-21 in the previous two seasons under Jon Embree.