Published: Wed, February 12, 2020
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Michigan State will reportedly hire Colorado's Mel Tucker as next football coach

Michigan State will reportedly hire Colorado's Mel Tucker as next football coach

Colorado coach Mel Tucker and the Spartans have agreed in principal on a new deal for Tucker to become the next head coach of the Spartans. Tucker worked as defensive coordinator of the Bulldogs for three seasons.

Tucker was on staff at Alabama when the Crimson Tide won the 2015 national championship. He was tabbed as a Top 25 recruiter by in 2018.

Tucker was one of several people to turn down the job in a lengthy coaching search, along with San Francisco 49ers defensive coordinator Robert Saleh, Iowa State coach Matt Campbell and Cincinnati coach Luke Fickell, among others. Tucker began his coaching career at Michigan State as a graduate assistant for Nick Saban in 1997. He has since gone on to coach for numerous teams, including Ohio State, LSU, the Cleveland Browns, the Chicago Bears, Alabama, Georgia, and most recently he was the head coach of Colorado, where he went 5-7 in his first year as a head coach. The Buffaloes finished one win shy of their second bowl game in 12 seasons. Colorado beat Colorado State, Nebraska, and Arizona State in September. He'll have his hands full coaching in the same division with Ohio State, Penn State and MI.

Tucker's only prior head coaching experience came with a 2-3 record as interim coach with the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2011.

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Welcome to East Lansing, coach Tucker! Sports Though he initially turned down interest in the job, it looks like Mel Tucker is headed to Michigan State after all.

The news comes more than a day after Luke Fickell turned down the job and chose to stay in Cincinnati. Tucker's buyout dropped to $3 million on December 31.

Tucker and his wife JoEllyn have two sons, Joseph and Christian.

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