Colorado hired Georgia defensive coordinator Mel Tucker as its head coach, the school announced Wednesday.

Tucker will replace Mike MacIntyre, who was fired Nov. 18. Colorado athletic director Rick George has asked the university Board of Regents to approve a five-year, $14.75 million deal at its meeting this month.

"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, 46, said in a news 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 will be introduced at a news conference Thursday morning.

"If you go back last month when I talked about what I wanted in our next head coach, you'll find that Mel checks all those boxes," George said. "He has great experience and a terrific pedigree; I like the way he coaches football, his toughness and accountability. Those are the things we were looking for."

Tucker never has served as head coach in college but brings a long resume. He spent the past three seasons in Georgia, where the Bulldogs had the nation's No. 15 scoring defense (18.5 points per game) this season, while Colorado was No. 67 (27.3 points).

He coached at three schools under Nick Saban -- Michigan State, LSU and Alabama -- as well as at Ohio State. He made NFL stops in Cleveland, Chicago and Jacksonville, and he posted a 2-3 record as the Jaguars' interim coach after Jack Del Rio was fired.

He will begin his duties immediately and will not be on Georgia's sideline when the Bulldogs meet Texas in the Sugar Bowl on New Year's Day.

The Buffaloes finished the 2018 season with a 5-7 record, 2-7 in the Pac-12, after losing their final seven games. MacIntyre was 30-44 during his six seasons at Colorado.

--Field Level Media

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