Chiaverini takes the helm of the football program. Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Colorado lost Mel Tucker to Michigan State but has already found an interim head coach to lead the team.

The Buffaloes announced on Wednesday that Darrin Chiaverini will be the program’s interim head coach, which is a promotion from his previous role as assistant head coach and wide receivers coach.

“I have a lot of confidence in Darrin to lead us through this interim period,” Colorado athletic director Rick George said in a statement. “He has been associated with the program beginning with his playing days 25 years ago and cares deeply about the Buffs.”

Chiaverini was a wide receiver at Colorado as a player and played professional in both the NFL and Arena Football League for a few seasons. He then went into coaching and has been with Colorado since 2016 after stops at junior colleges and schools like UCLA and Texas Tech.

Chiaverini is regarded as a top recruiter, so having him lead the program is integral to keeping their recruiting classes together.

Tucker left Colorado after going 5-7 as their head coach last year. He went to Michigan State after they increased their offer to him, and despite his pledge that he was committed to CU.

This article first appeared on Larry Brown Sports and was syndicated with permission.

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