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CU Buffs name Darrin Chiaverini interim head coach

Former CU wide receiver has been on coaching staff for past four seasons

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BOULDER, CO – AUGUST 8, 2019: Assistant coach, Darrin Chiaverini, during University of Colorado football practice on August 8, 2019.(Photo by Cliff Grassmick/Staff Photographer)

Darrin Chiaverini has been named the interim head coach of the Colorado football program, athletic director Rick George announced Wednesday.

Chiaverini will fill in for former head coach Mel Tucker, who resigned Tuesday night accept the head coaching job at Michigan State.

Chiaverini has spent the past four seasons on CU’s staff, including this past season as assistant head coach/receivers coach.

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

Chiaverini, 42, played receiver at CU from 1995-98. He returned to the school in 2016 and served three seasons as co-offensive coordinator/receivers coach under previous head coach Mike MacIntyre.

After Tucker was hired on Dec. 5, 2018, he retained Chiaverini and named him assistant head coach.

“It’s an honor to be named the interim head coach at the University of Colorado, and my focus will be to help make it a smooth transition for the student-athletes and the program overall,” Chiaverini said.  “This campus and the city of Boulder is where I grew up as a young man, and there’s no better place to be than CU.  The pride and tradition of the Colorado Buffaloes is something every student-athlete, like myself, in the country should experience.”

Earlier this week, Chiaverini was named a Rivals.com top 25 recruiter for the third year in a row.