Michigan State hires Colorado's Tucker to replace Dantonio
by Field Level Mediaon
Michigan State will hire Colorado's Mel Tucker to be its next football coach, multiple media outlets reported early Wednesday.
Tucker, 48, will replace Mark Dantonio, who retired Feb. 4 after 13 seasons with the Spartans.
Tucker and the Michigan State Spartans reportedly reached an agreement in principle over a contract just three days after the coach announced he would remain with Colorado.
According to The Athletic, the Spartans will more than double the $2.7 million was Tucker making with the Buffaloes.
Michigan State hires Mel Tucker as head coach after tweeting his commitment to Colorado | Get Up
Tucker tweeted Saturday, "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"
Tucker produced a 5-7 record last year at Colorado -- his only season as a college head coach.
Reports of Tucker's expected hiring came after Michigan State failed to lure Luke Fickell from Cincinnati. Fickell announced Monday that he was staying with the Bearcats.
That decision was OK by Michigan State trustee Brian Mosallam, who said Tuesday on Detroit radio station 97.1 The Ticket regarding Fickell, "At the end of the day, we can't force somebody to come here. Spartan Nation wants someone that wants to be here. We don't want a waffling flake who views this as a destination job."
Tucker was Georgia's defensive coordinator from 2016-18 after spending one season as assistant head coach at Alabama. He also was a defensive coordinator in the NFL for the Cleveland Browns, Jacksonville Jaguars and Chicago Bears, and he served as interim head coach after Jacksonville fired Jack Del Rio late in 2011.
Dantonio, the winningest coach in Spartans history with a 114-57 record, initially announced in November that he intended to return for the 2020 season.