Colorado Hiring Bret Bielema To Replace Mel Tucker?
Is Colorado hiring Bret Bielema to replace Mel Tucker?
Michigan State hired Tucker last week to replace Mark Dantonio, who abruptly quit two weeks ago.
Tucker’s departure left Colorado with a head coaching vacancy. It now appears as though Bielema will be the person to fill it.
The former Arkansas and Wisconsin head coach spent two years on Bill Belichick’s New England Patriots coaching staff after being fired by Arkansas.
Ultimately, the Razorbacks decided to part ways with Bielema following a 4-8 campaign in 2017.
This past offseason, Bielema joined Joe Judge’s new staff with the New York Giants as an outside linebackers coach.
Based on how actively he has been seeking out collegiate head coaching opportunities, though, it remains to be seen how long Bielema will be with the Giants.
#Giants OLBs coach and senior defensive assistant Bret Bielema is interviewing for the head coaching job at the University of Colorado, sources say. The former Wisconsin and Arkansas coach could be back in college.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) February 17, 2020
After Dantonio’s departure, Bielema expressed interest in stepping in for him at Michigan State.
Now, with Tucker having filled that void, Bielema is interviewing for his old job with Colorado.
“Giants OLBs coach and senior defensive assistant Bret Bielema is interviewing for the head coaching job at the University of Colorado, sources say,” tweeted out NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport.
“The former Wisconsin and Arkansas coach could be back in college.”
Prior to an unfortunate stint at Arkansas, Bielema was a very respected college football coach. As the head coach of Wisconsin, Bielema went 68-24.
Unfortunately, in five seasons with Arkansas he did not come anywhere close to that level of winning – ultimately amassing a record of 29-34.
Colorado is said to be interested in Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy, but that is likely a pipe dream.
Bieniemy is considered something of a lock to get a head coaching opportunity in the NFL next year, so this would be a major step down for him.
With a shortage of available, quality candidates at this stage, Colorado’s vacancy is really Bielema’s to lose at this point.