A Review of Year One of the Mel Tucker Era

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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 10.25.2019
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Steven Montez throws for 324 yards and three touchdowns, rushing for a fourth score, but it was not enough … Mel Tucker: “I told the players that and I think they can see what type of team we can have” … Why Ralphie didn’t run …

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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
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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 …

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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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Jake Wray had offers from eight of the top ten teams in the nation (2018 AP final poll), but chose to commit to Colorado … Wray is saying all the right things, and appears to be a solid commit, but will he lead other top stars to Boulder? … Athlon (surprisingly) not high on Mel Tucker hire …


Spring Practice Notes

//posted 4.27.2019
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Spring Game: Gold 55, Black 27 – Mel Tucker: “I wanted to see guys compete, I wanted to see guys finish, I wanted to see guys strain, I wanted to see guys execute. We got that today” … Team and individual statistics … Rosters for Spring game – Montez v. Noyer/Lytle …


Game Day!! … Ten Questions for the CU Spring game, including: Does Steven Montez have a clear command of the Jay Johnson offense?; and, Who are No. 10, No. 13, No. 14, and No. 22? … ADDED: “Neill Woelk: What To Watch In Saturday’s Buffs Spring Finale” …

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In an exclusive interview, Associate Athletic director Lance Carl, half of the “Committee of Two” who brought Mel Tucker to CU, discusses the hiring process, and his first impressions of CU’s new head coach …


Signing Day II

//posted 2.6.2019
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Full transcript of Mel Tucker’s Signing Day press conference … Updated bios (including official CU Signing Day bios and Mel Tucker’s press conference quotes on each player) posted for LB Jamar Montgomery, WR Tarik Luckett, DL Jayden Simon, OL Nikko Pohahau, LB Quinn Perry, DB Trustin Oliver, WR Vontae Shenault, DL Lloyd Murray, and DB D.J. Oats …


CU Coaching Search

//posted 12.5.2018

Full transcript of CU Press release naming Mel Tucker head coach … Tucker: “My plan is to continue to restore CU’s tradition and make sure that Colorado once again becomes an elite national program” … Nick Saban: “One of the brightest coaches in our profession” … Kirby Smart: “An exceptional coach, coordinator and trusted friend” …

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