Mel Tucker Replacements: Top 10 Candidates For The Next Colorado Football Head Coach

The Colorado Buffaloes have lost head coach Mel Tucker, who has take the Michigan State head coaching job. So the Buffs are now searching for the next Colorado head coach. So who are the top candidates to replace Mel Tucker as the Colorado football head coach? We’ve got the top Colorado targets and some realistic options as Mel Tucker Replacements

Colorado Football is in a brutal place, with Tucker leaving after National Signing Day and after just one season as head coach. The pickings are slim, but there’s one clear-cut top target: Chiefs OC Eric Bieniemy, who played and coached at Colorado. But if the Buffs can’t land him, there are other coaches with ties to the school and/or area. Those include Chuck Pagano, Jim Leavitt, Troy Calhoun and Jim McElwain. 

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An interim coach also makes sense for the Buffaloes, given the timing. If that’s the route Colorado goes. OC Darrin Chiaverini (who played at Colorado) and DC Tyson Summers are the logical targets. 

There are some former Nick Saban Assistants looking for a head coach job as well in Steve Sarkisian and Butch Jones. Speaking of assistants, could USC OC Graham Harrell be a target? 

Group of Power 5 head coaches also make sense for Colorado. The top targets there could be Air Force’s Troy Calhoun and Boise State’s Bryan Harsin. Both have impressed in the Mountain West. 

Find out what Tom Downey thinks in this Colorado hot board video. Here’s the full list of Top 10 Candidates as the next Colorado Football Head Coach:
#10 Jim Leavitt (DC, FAU)
#9 Chuck Pagano (DC, Bears)
#8 Graham Harrell (OC, USC)
#7 Bryan Harsin (HC, Boise State)
#6 Troy Calhoun (HC, Air Force)
#5 Steve Sarkisian (OC, Alabama)
#4 Butch Jones (Analyst, Alabama)
#3 Interim Candidate: Darrin Chiaverini / Tyson Summers     
#2 Jim McElwain (HC, Central Michigan)
#1 Eric Bieniemy (OC, Chiefs)

FOLLOW: Tom Downey is the Senior Writer & On-Air Host at Chat Sports. Please follow him on Twitter @Whatgoingdowney. 

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