Top 40 of the Past 40 – No. 18

Posts Tagged ‘Mel Tucker’

2019: Buffs rally from a 17-0 halftime deficit to defeat the hated Huskers in overtime, 34-31 (with video) … Essay: “Trust the Process” – “I had forgotten how much I hate Nebraska” … Player No. 18: QB Joel Klatt (2002-05) – set 44 school records, including nine career fourth quarter comebacks …


A companion piece to Episode 1 of the CU at the Game Podcast … A look back at all of the CU head coaching changes, from Bill McCartney taking over in June, 1982, to Mel Tucker’s introduction to the Buff Nation just over a year ago … Some new coaches worked out – some didn’t …


Time to Call it Quits?

//posted 2.15.2020

It’s hard to call Tucker’s move anything but a betrayal, one which will haunt the CU program for years to come … If this is as good as it gets – CU gets a good coach, only to see them leave for more money – how hard will it be to remain a Buff fan? …


One Year Ago … Inside Mel Tucker’s Final CU Event: “We were hoodwinked” … Drew Litton sums it up for all of us … Dennis Dodd: No winners from Tucker move (except Tucker and his agent) … Transcript: Rick George press conference quotes …


Eighteen Hours of Stress

//posted 2.12.2020

There were 18 hours of stress between first hearing about the Michigan State offer and Tucker’s denial … Unfortunately, the underlying fear surrounding CU losing coaches ($$$$$$$) came to a head only four days later …


Colorado Daily

//posted 2.1.2020

Ross Els becomes the third CU assistant coach to join Tucker at Michigan State … Quarterback Blake Stenstrom enters transfer portal … Terry Frei: Despite appearances, CU can be a national power – “It can be done” …


Last December 5th, Mel Tucker was introduced as CU’s 26th full-time head coach … How do you rate his first year? A look at “Won/Lost Record”, “Hires”, “Recruiting”, and “Culture” …


USC 35, Colorado 31

//posted 10.26.2019

Senior quarterback Steven Montez set his 38th school record in starting his 32nd consecutive game, and for 45 minutes against USC, Montez looked like a hero. Montez threw for 324 yards and three touchdowns, running for a fourth, but it was not enough to keep Colorado from losing to USC for the 14th-consecutive time, falling 35-31 before 48,913 fans in Boulder.

The Trojans rallied from a ten-point fourth quarter deficit for the victory. USC quarterback Kedon Slovis hit wide receiver Michael Pittman for two touchdowns in the final 11 minutes – with the scores covering 44 and 37 yards – to take down the Buffs.

The Buffs had 520 yards of total offense to 518 for the Trojans, but couldn’t sustain drives in the fourth quarter. Laviska Shenault had nine receptions for 172 yards, including a 71-yard touchdown reception, but the effort was wasted as the CU defense failed to hold an opponent under 30 points for the 12th consecutive game.


On assembling his coaching staff: “You can’t hire your friends” … On recruiting: “I tell the coaches ‘Trust your eyes … Don’t look at how many stars a kid has, don’t look at who else is recruiting them’ ” … On CU: “There’s no excuse for us not to have a very successful football program here” …


Coach Tucker on what went into his decision to accept the job at CU … On “red-letter” games (but not keeping any Georgia or Alabama red in his closet) … On seeing leadership develop on the team over the course of summer conditioning ….


Preseason Magazines

//posted 7.31.2019

College Football at 150: Ralphie of the game’s most iconic symbols … CBS Sports: Sixteen teams with a shot at the national championship (surprise! Four are from the Pac-12) … College Football News: CU one of the most valuable Pac-12 over/under bets … Final preseason tally: Seven Buffs named to a total of 14 preseason Watch lists (Shenault named to four …


Mel Tucker exudes confidence: “I have the experience and I’ve seen it done”, but the rest of the college football world sees CU as the last place team in the Pac-12 South … So, who’s right? … Laviska Shenault a victim of fake news …

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