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Mel Tucker tells Jim Rome why he joined Colorado

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CU’s new coach talks about why the school checked “all his boxes” in the process

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Colorado Buffaloes head football coach Mel Tucker joined Jim Rome on his show Wednesday.

Among the topics discussed with CU’s first-year front man was why the former Georgia/Alabama assistant decided on Boulder as the next stop in his career? Tucker’s answer was practical, but give insight to the type of athletic department Rick George and others have built.

Tucker is on the verge of a rare feat among Buffs coaches. With a win against Air Force on Saturday, he’ll join Rick Neuheisel as the only other coach to win the first three games in their first season. Neuheisel went 5-0 to start the 1995 season including wins over No. 3 Texas A&M, No. 10 Oklahoma and No. 21 Wisconsin.

To listen to the entire Rome interview with Tucker, click here.

Colorado faces Air Force this Saturday after a 45-year hiatus in the series (11 a.m. MT, TV: Pac12N). This is the first game in the 17-game series that will be broadcast on television. Also, the last service academy Colorado played was Army nearly 40 years ago.