Source tells FootballScoop Tuesday afternoon Colorado officials and Georgia defensive coordinator Mel Tucker have reached agreement making Tucker the new head coach at Colorado.
Tucker has spent the last few seasons learning under some of the best defensive-minded coaches in college football. Before becoming the defensive coordinator under Kirby Smart at Georgia, Mel was the assistant head coach and defensive backs coach under Nick Saban at Alabama for a season. Before heading to Tuscaloosa, Tucker was in the NFL calling the shots on defense, spending two seasons as the defensive coordinator for the Bears, and a few seasons before that for the Jacksonville Jaguars, including a stint as the interim head coach in 2011.
Sources tell FootballScoop Tucker has been working on adding staff. Will update once more is clear.
As always, stay tuned to The Scoop for the latest coaching job information.
Wednesday morning Brian Howell who covers CU football has confirmed the same:
Deal is done: Sources tell me the #cubuffs finalized a deal with Mel Tucker late Tuesday night. Tucker, Georgia's defensive coordinator the past 3 seasons, will be officially announced as Colorado's new head football coach later today.
— Brian Howell (@BrianHowell33) December 5, 2018
Salary breakdown for Mel Tucker at CU …
2019: $2.4 million
2020: $2.675 million
2021: $2.95 million
2022: $3.225 million
2023: $3.5 million
— Matt L. Stephens (@MattStephens) December 5, 2018