Georgia defensive coordinator Mel Tucker and Georgia coach Kirby Smart on the sideline in the second half of the Southeastern Conference Championship game between Georgia and Alabama in Atlanta, Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018. Georgia lost 35-28. (Joshua L. Jones/Athens Banner-Herald via AP)/Athens Banner-Herald via AP)

BOULDER, Colo. (AP) — Colorado has hired Georgia defensive coordinator Mel Tucker as its new head coach after he helped rebuild the Bulldogs into a national contender.

Tucker gets a five-year, $14.75 million contract under the deal announced Wednesday. He starts immediately and won't coach Georgia in the Sugar Bowl on New Year's Day.

The 46-year-old Tucker replaces Mike MacIntyre, who was fired with a game remaining in the season and the team mired in a six-game skid. The Buffaloes lost their final game under interim coach Kurt Roper to miss a bowl berth for a second straight season.

After several stints as an NFL defensive coordinator, Tucker became an assistant at Alabama in 2015. He spent a season with the Crimson Tide before following coach Kirby Smart to Georgia.

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