Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Mel Tucker Working on Finalizing Staff and Re-Building Recruiting Class

It's a tough and busy time in the college football world in general, and particularly hectic for new head coaches taking over programs. Those continuing on in a position are scrambling to put and keep together their recruiting classes. Many of those are also running bowl game practices.

Those who are changing schools, like new Colorado Head Coach Mel Tucker, also have to review the existing coaches at their new schools to determine who, if any, they want to retain. At the same time, those in Tucker's position also have to be searching for coaches to fill out the rest of their coaching staffs.

Mel Tucker knew coming in that it would be a time of burning the midnight oil. Fortunately, he has the strength and will to face the task ahead. And he also knew he had to be quick about it in order to solidify the recruiting class that can start signing early Letters of Intent from December 19th to the 21st. The regular dates for Letters of Intent still runs from Feb. 6th to April 1st.

After reviewing the 2018 staff, Tucker has opted to keep four of the coaches: 
  • Darrin Chiaverini (Recruiting Coordinator and Wide Receivers)
  • Darian Hagan (Running Backs)
  • Kwahn Drake (Defensive Line)
  • Ross Els (Linebackers)
Tucker's first hire from outside Colorado is Jay Johnson, who will be offensive coordinator. Johnson worked with Tucker at Georgia.

Since Denver 7 first reported that Mike MacIntyre would be fired the week before he was finally let go on November 18, six of the his recruits have de-committed from the University of Colorado. That leaves the current class with 14 commitments.

While some are fretting about the loss of players committed to Colorado, the reality is that the new staff is strongly reviewing the players recruited under MacIntyre. It's quite possible the last two to de-commit were suggested to do so at the urging of the new staff. It's better for the player to announce he is re-opening his recruitment than to announce that the scholarship offer has been rescinded.

Tucker and Colorado are still running at only about half-staff, so the amount of time they will be on the road will be intense through both signing periods. Tucker, meanwhile, will combine his recruiting travels with filling out the rest of his staff to help out. 


Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Hey Colorado, It's Been 2 1/2 Weeks! Can We Get On With This Already?

On November 18th, Rick George and the University of Colorado FINALLY got around to firing Mike MacIntyre, nearly a week after it was reported by Denver7 that MacIntyre would be fired. Of course, the University denied the report, and Rick George denied the report, and then, finally, officially fired MacIntyre six days later.

One would have thought that Colorado might have been doing a little bit of the "pre-work" on this, all things considered. You know, when you consider that five times in six years MacIntyre's Buffaloes finished in last place in the Pac-12 South.

Or considering that MacIntyre became the first ever national coach of the year to follow up the award with a losing record the following year. 

Or considering that in 2017 and 2018 combined, the MacIntyre Buffs went 0-9 in games which would have made the Buffaloes bowl eligible. They made it 0-10 the week after MM was let go.

If this firing was a surprise to the folks at CU, they obviously weren't paying attention. Sort of like giving a contract extension to Mickey Mac after one good, totally anomalous, season.

Now, inching upon December 5th, minute by minute, some of us are beginning to wonder when and if the University of Colorado is going to "get around" to hiring a new coach? 

Do they not know that it's heavy duty recruiting season? The December early signing period starts in two weeks. Those kids are kind of wondering who the head coach that will be ruling their worlds for the next four or five years is going to be.

There have been rumors, of course, but the university and Rick George have denied them all. That sounds familiar, doesn't it?

Meanwhile, time is ticking, and committed recruits are fretting over the lack of a new coach. More importantly, the available time for the new coach to bring in his own recruits is getting smaller and smaller.

More importantly, however, than the time for new head coach to recruit is the new coach does not have a coaching staff. 

There's a whole bunch of guys from the old staff who are still pulling paychecks from the University of Colorado, but they know their jobs could and probably will end the minute a new coach comes aboard. 

Power Five coaches tend to bring in their own staffs, not adopt the leftover staff from the old fired coach. It's pretty certain that their whole hearts and efforts are not into convincing high school kids to come play for someone other than themselves. Can you blame them?

And to date, four of the kids who have given commitments to the University of Colorado over the last year have pulled their commitments. They are worried. The new coach may not want them. And their scholarship offers can be rescinded at any time. Nothing is written in stone until the Letters of Intent are signed, sealed and delivered.

We know and understand that the University of Colorado and Rick George want to do this right. But so far they are doing it all wrong. Maybe that $10 Million they owe to Mike MacIntyre is messing with their heads.

Meanwhile, some of us are waiting to welcome the new head coach, whoever that might be. In 2018, big time college football is a 365 day a year, 24/7 proposition. Every day is lost time. Every week is way too much lost time.

The clock is ticking. Tick Tick Tick.