Georgia defensive coordinator Mel Tucker is the new head coach at Colorado, the school announced Wednesday. 

He will start work immediately and will not coach the Bulldogs in the Sugar Bowl against Texas.  

"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 said in a 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 replaces Mike MacIntyre, who was fired last month after six years as coach (30-44).