Colorado employed Georgia defensive coordinator Mel Tucker as its head coach, the college introduced Wednesday. He will likely be launched Thursday and start instantly.

Dec 1, 2018; Atlanta, GA, USA; Georgia Bulldogs defensive coordinator Mel Tucker on the sidelines towards the Alabama Crimson Tide through the second quarter within the SEC championship recreation at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Obligatory Credit score: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports activities

Tucker replaces Mike MacIntyre, who was fired Nov. 18. Colorado athletic director Rick George has requested the college Board of Regents to approve a five-year, $14.75 million deal at its assembly this month.

“In the event you return final month once I talked about what I needed in our subsequent head coach, you’ll discover that Mel checks all these containers,” George mentioned. “He has nice expertise and a terrific pedigree; I like the way in which he coaches soccer, his toughness and accountability. These are the issues we have been in search of.”

Tucker by no means has served as head coach in school however brings a protracted resume. He spent the previous three seasons in Georgia, the place the Bulldogs had the nation’s No. 15 scoring protection (18.5 factors per recreation) this season. He additionally coached at three colleges beneath Nick Saban — Michigan State, LSU and Alabama — in addition to at Ohio State.

—Kliff Kingsbury is now formally in control of the Southern California offense. The previous Texas Tech coach will function offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach for the Trojans. The 39-year-old Kingsbury replaces Tee Martin, who was fired final week.

“We’re very excited to welcome Kliff to the Trojan Household,” USC coach Clay Helton mentioned in an announcement. “He is a superb offensive thoughts and is on the chopping fringe of the sport at present. His offenses have constantly been on the prime of the school soccer statistical rankings. With the expertise on our staff, alongside together with his management and training, I actually consider that we will take our offense to new heights.”

The Trojans went 5-7 this season for the college’s first dropping season since 2000. Kingsbury was not too long ago dismissed by Texas Tech after going 35-40 in six seasons, however he has lengthy been praised for his offensive innovation and talent to work with quarterbacks on the colleges the place he has coached. His college students embrace Patrick Mahomes at Texas Tech, Johnny Manziel at Texas A&M and Case Keenum at Houston.

—Two gamers from the Class of 2020 are reopening their recruitment following the announcement that Ohio State head coach City Meyer will retire after the Rose Bowl.

4-star security Lejond Cavazos and four-star offensive lineman Jake Wray had dedicated to the Buckeyes earlier than altering their minds this week. Each mentioned they nonetheless contemplate Ohio State a prime college as they ponder their eventual locations. The Buckeyes nonetheless have six commitments within the 2020 class, together with five-star offensive sort out Paris Johnson Jr. from Cincinnati.

Meyer introduced Tuesday he’ll step down as Ohio State head coach. Offensive coordinator Ryan Day would be the new head coach of the Buckeyes.

—Former Michigan State defensive finish Auston Robertson was sentenced to as much as 10 years in jail after pleading responsible final month to sexually assaulting a feminine scholar. The 21-year-old will spend no less than three years and 7 months in jail. He additionally should register as a intercourse offender.

He beforehand entered a responsible plea to assault with intent to commit felony sexual penetration within the 2017 assault, which occurred within the lady’s off-campus condo. He agreed to the plea discount after a choose dominated earlier this yr that if the case went to trial, prosecutors may current proof that two different girls allege Robertson raped them in 2013 and 2014, respectively.

A part of the Class of 2016, he appeared in seven video games that fall for the Spartans. He was faraway from the staff in April 2017 after the lady got here ahead and he was charged.

—Area Stage Media

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