After initially turning down their offer, Michigan State offered Tucker a deal he couldn’t refuse. Tucker will be the next head coach of the Spartans according to multiple reports.
BREAKING: #CU coach Mel Tucker has agreed in principle to become the new head coach at #MichiganState, per sources. After Tucker turned down initial interest, MSU power brokers came back repeatedly to Tucker’s reps w/ an offer that was impossible to ignore https://t.co/qjOH0qKirQ
— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) February 12, 2020
Tucker, 48, was a graduate assistant at Michigan State under Nick Saban from 1997-1998. He has experience in college and in the NFL as an assistant, but was also the interim head coach for the Jaguars in 2011. He returned to college with jobs at Alabama and Georgia before taking the head coaching job at Colorado.
At Colorado, Tucker went 5-7 and secured a solid recruiting class for the future. He originally turned down Michigan State and said he was staying at Colorado, but Michigan State reportedly doubled his current salary, which would make him one of the top paid coaches in college football.
The Athletic’s @BruceFeldmanCFB reported that Michigan State will more than double Mel Tucker’s $2.7 million salary.
If true, Tucker will be one of the nation’s 12 highest-paid college football coaches.
— Henry Chisholm (@HenryChisholm) February 12, 2020
Now Tucker must replace Mark Dantonio, who found success at Michigan State, but had put up some mediocre years recently. Although he won’t have a lot of time to add to the Spartans’ recruiting class, they do already rank 43rd according to 247 sports.