LANSING, Mich. (WILX) — Mel Tucker has agreed to a deal to become Michigan State’s next head football coach, according to multiple reports Wednesday morning.
Mel Tucker has been tapped as the new head coach for Michigan State football, according to multiple reports Wednesday morning. (Handout/University of Colorado)
Sports Illustrated reports Tucker is expected to officially be named head coach later this week.
No contract has been signed yet, but both Tucker and MSU have reportedly agreed on a deal, the website said.
The Michigan State Board of Trustees meets Wednesday at 5 P.M. to approve Tucker as Dantonio’s replacement.
He was interviewed last week for the head coaching position by MSU, but he later wrote on Twitter that he wasn’t taking the job.
Colorado Athletics confirmed on Twitter that Tucker has resigned as Head Coach in Colorado.
Colorado Boulder Athletic Director Rick George released a statementthis morning, saying:
“We are disappointed to see Coach Tucker leave. We are excited about the upward trajectory of our football program and we’ll get to work immediately hiring the next head coach to build on our momentum and lead our young men. We’re confident this program is on the verge of competing at the highest level and has the resources and support in place to do so for a long time.”
While I am flattered to be considered for the HC job @MSU_football, I am committed to @CUBuffsFootball for #TheBuild of our program, its great athletes, coaches & supporters. #UnfinishedBusiness #GoBuffs
— Mel Tucker (@Coach_mtucker) February 8, 2020
It is unclear why he pulled his name out of the running initially.
Tucker has Michigan State ties. He was a graduate assistant at MSU from 1997-1998 under then-head coach Nick Saban. He was also part of the 2003 Ohio State staff with recently retired MSU head coach, Mark Dantonio. Tucker later worked his way up the coaching ranks, serving as the defensive coordinator at Georgia from 2016-2018 before he took the Colorado job last year.
Tucker has NFL experience as well. He was the interim head coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars after their coach was fired towards the end of the 2011 season. Tucker was also the defensive coordinator for the Chicago Bears from 2013-2014.
In his lone season as the Buffaloes coach, Tucker’s team went 5-7, as he tried to turn around a struggling Colorado football program.
A report in The Athletic said Michigan State would have to more than double Tucker’s salary at Colorado, which was $2.7 million.
The news comes more than a day after Luke Fickell turned down the job and decided to stay as the head coach at Cincinnati.
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