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Darrin Chiaverini named interim head coach of Colorado Buffaloes

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Chiv takes over for now.

NCAA Football: Colorado State at Colorado Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

After last night’s news that Mel Tucker would be leaving for Michigan State, the University of Colorado has promoted Darrin Chiaverini to interim head coach.

Chiaverini has been on the Buffs’ coaching staff since 2016. He has served as a wide receivers coach, co-offensive coordinator and recruiting coordinator. He is known for his recruiting acumen, fighting spirit and love for the program. By all accounts, he is someone players fight for.

Chiv played at Colorado from 1995 and 1998, where he was coached by Rick Neuheisel and Gary Barnett. He bleeds black and gold and that loyalty has made him a fan favorite.

He will occupy the interim role until Colorado finds a suitable replacement for Tucker. There’s a chance they find that next head coach tomorrow, or next week, or after next season. There’s a strong chance Chiv impresses enough to earn the job himself.

At the very least, the Buffs have a sense of stability for the first time since Tucker re-committed to CU in a since-deleted post. Chiv will try his hardest to hold onto everyone in the 2020 recruiting class, which was the highest rated class since the Barnett era.