Georgia will need to find a new defensive coordinator — both for the Sugar Bowl and next season.
Mel Tucker will not coach in the Bulldogs’ bowl game after being officially introduced as the new head coach at Colorado on Wednesday. The Buffaloes announced Tucker’s hiring in a press release just hours after reports of the deal began circulating.
“Colorado has always been a place that I thought should be relevant in the national championship conversation year-in and year-out, because of its tradition and a seemingly endless list of what the school has to offer,” Tucker said in the press release. “What we have to offer are some of the best facilities in the country, strong academics, and an amazing environment as a whole.
“Colorado should be a ‘no excuse’ program. There’s absolutely no reason we can’t achieve success at an extremely high level.”
Tucker, Georgia’s defensive coordinator for the past three seasons, has agreed to a five-year contract worth $14.75 million in his first full-time head coaching job. He posted a 2-3 record as the Jacksonville Jaguars’ interim coach down the stretch of the 2011 season.
With Tucker’s deal in place, Georgia coach Kirby Smart can begin planning for the team’s bowl game and his search for a new defensive coordinator.
No. 5 Georgia faces No. 15 Texas in the Sugar Bowl on Jan. 1, 2019.