Multiple media reports indicate that Georgia defensive coordinator Mel Tucker will be named the new head coach at Colorado after the SEC Championship Game.
It’s been no secret that Tucker is looking to move into the head coaching ranks. He was linked to the Tennessee job last off-season that ultimately went to Jeremy Pruitt.
Still, it’s a little surprising that Tucker jumped on this particular opportunity. Colorado parted ways with Coach Mike MacIntyre after seven seasons, including a ten win campaign in 2016. But he won five in each of the last two seasons, seasons in which the major competition in the PAC-12 South (Arizona State, USC, UCLA) was down. MacIntyre got the Buffs into a conference title game, but was clearly having trouble sustaining that momentum. When you finish last in a division that includes (takes deep breath) freshman Arizona State Coach Herm Edwards, you’re underachieving.
Taking the boys from Boulder to the next level won’t be easy. Colorado has never really made real recruiting inroads in California. And the institutional support is there in a PAC-12 sense. But will be a far cry from what Tucker’s enjoyed at Alabama and Georgia.
The flipside is that there just aren’t a lot of good jobs open or opening this offseason. Tucker will turn 47 next month, so he’s not exactly geriatric. But he is reaching that point where if he’s going to make the jump to the captain’s chair at a program like Colorado, prove himself, then position himself for a marquee job, he needed to do so. Ultimately, Kirby Smart is the rare man whose first college head coaching gig is at a top ten program. Most people have to turn chicken crap into chicken salad somewhere first before landing their dream job. You gotta earn it somewhere, might as well be Boulder.
The question for Georgia fans of course is who would replace Tucker. In my mind the natural answer is UGA inside linebackers coach Glenn Schumann. Schumann came with Kirby from Alabama with a reputation as his right hand man. He’s an energetic teacher, an ace recruiter, and knows what Coach Smart wants to do defensively better than anyone. I’m not saying it’s a slam dunk, but I’d be pretty surprised if the pick is anyone else.
None of this is final, but nevertheless, we at Dawg Sports would love to wish Coach Tucker an anticipatory congratulations. He’ll always be a DGD to us.