Colorado head football coach Mel Tucker is quickly putting together his coaching staff, and it will include several familiar faces. learned through a source Monday that current CU assistant coaches Darian Hagan, Ross Els and Kwahn Drake will be retained by Tucker, who was hired as the Buffaloes' new head coach on Wednesday. Darrin Chiaverini announced Sunday night he will be retained, as well.

Meanwhile, Buffzone has confirmed a report that the Buffs are in the process of hiring Jay Johnson as offensive coordinator. Johnson has spent the past two years as offensive quality control analyst at Georgia.

Tucker, who was the defensive coordinator at Georgia the previous three years, worked alongside Johnson with the Bulldogs and is giving him a chance to return to a coordinator role.

Johnson was the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Minnesota in 2016. Prior to that, he served as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Louisiana from 2011-15.

A native of Lakeville, Minn., Johnson has been coaching since 1993. During his career, he has been offensive coordinator at Southern Mississippi (2005-07) and Truman State (1995-96). He has also coached at Central Michigan, Louisville and Kansas. At various times, he has coached quarterbacks, running backs and tight ends.


In 2012, Johnson's offense at Louisiana set school records for total yards (5,914) and points (461).

As a player at Northern Iowa, Johnson earned all-conference honors three times as a quarterback. He led his team to a 31-8 record with three conference titles, throwing for more than 8,000 yards and 58 touchdowns.

With Johnson coming on board, Chiaverini will coach receivers and remain as recruiting coordinator. During the past three years, he has been co-offensive coordinator, receivers coach and recruiting coordinator. He called the offensive plays this past season for the first time.

Hagan, who quarterbacked the Buffs to the 1990 national title, is expected to remain as running backs coach. He has coached running backs the past three seasons. He was also the Buffs' running backs coach from 2006-10, and worked in a non-coaching role in the athletic department from 2011-15.

Els has coached CU's inside linebackers the past two seasons, while also working with special teams. His coaching career, which began in 1989, has included stints as defensive coordinator at Hastings College, New Mexico State and Purdue.

Drake was hired in January and just completed his first season coaching the Buffs' defensive line, a group that was arguably the most improved on the team. Drake came to CU after one year coaching the defensive line at Eastern Illinois.

Also on Monday, Mississippi officially announced that former CU head coach Mike MacIntyre has been hired as defensive coordinator. MacIntyre was fired by CU on Nov. 18 after posting a 30-44 record in nearly six full seasons as head coach.

As Buffzone reported on Sunday, former CU defensive coordinator D.J. Eliot is expected to be named the defensive coordinator at Kansas this week.

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