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New Michigan State coach Mel Tucker established as ‘terrific recruiter’ Detroit News
It does not take long to see what Mel Tucker has done as a recruiter at Colorado. Tucker signed the nation’s No. 35 recruiting class in 2020. The Buffaloes also finished 35th in the 2017 class, but prior to that, had not finished that highly since 2008.

Mark Dantonio once hired Mel Tucker, ‘will support him in any way possible’ Detroit News
Mel Tucker is no stranger to East Lansing, and he’s no stranger to Mark Dantonio. Tucker, as a graduate assistant, worked with Dantonio at Michigan State in the 1990s, and when Dantonio went to Ohio State in the early 2000s, he hired Tucker to coach the secondary. Dantonio was Ohio State’s defensive coordinator from 2001-13, and Tucker coached the defensive backs.

Did Nick Saban play a key role in helping his old school find its next coach? Detroit News
Per protocol, Michigan State had a search firm officially helping find its next football coach. It also had an unofficial search firm — a man named Nick Saban. Saban, who was Michigan State’s coach before he went on to a legendary career that features six national championships and counting, was an adviser during his old school’s search to replace Mark Dantonio, according to a source with knowledge of the situation.

Mel Tucker: Returning to Michigan State football ‘a once in a lifetime opportunity’ Detroit Free Press
Michigan State officially announced on Wednesday that Mel Tucker has been hired as the new head football coach. Tucker is scheduled to attend the Board of Trustees meeting on Wednesday in East Lansing to approve the hiring, followed by an introductory news conference at Breslin Center. The 48-year-old Tucker is coming off his first season as a head coach at Colorado. His career began as a graduate assistant at MSU under head coach Nick Saban in 1997.

Michigan State football opened the vault to hire Mel Tucker. But will it pay off? Detroit Free Press
Michigan State football paid up. It had no choice. Not if it wants to talk about competing for national championships. Apparently, it does. So, good for the school, and good for Mel Tucker, MSU’s new football coach, who reportedly doubled his salary — to a reported $5-plus million — and takes over a program that got to a College Football Playoff not that long ago.

Mark Dantonio, Nick Saban love Michigan State football hiring Mel Tucker Detroit Free Press
Michigan State football is starting a new era with a somewhat familiar face at the helm. Mel Tucker, who resigned as Colorado head coach on Wednesday to take his new job, started his coaching career as a graduate assistant at MSU. It came after a career as a defensive back at Wisconsin. Safe to assume Tucker had a close relationship with the Spartans defensive backs in 1997 and 1998.

The first things Mel Tucker must do as Michigan State’s football coach Detroit Free Press
Tucker’s checklist will be a long one. But here are the five most important things the 48-year-old former Colorado head coach, NFL assistant and one-time MSU graduate assistant needs to prioritize as he arrives in East Lansing to prepare for the Spartans’ Sept. 4 season-opener at home against Northwestern.

Barry Alvarez recalls Mel Tucker knocking Darrell Bevell, now Lions OC, into next week Detroit News
In Mel Tucker, Michigan State is getting a head football coach who shares traits with his predecessor, specifically their amazingly steady demeanor. They’re also getting one heck of a competitive son of a gun. “We were practicing for a bowl game. It’s like a day, two days before the game, and we’re not in pads,” Barry Alvarez, the longtime head football coach at Wisconsin, told The Detroit News on Wednesday. “So, we’re doing two-minute drills with no pads, and on a quarterback scramble, Mel lights him up.

‘A lot of upside’ in Mel Tucker: Ex-Detroit Lions weigh in on new Michigan State coach Detroit Free Press
Willie Young played one season for Mel Tucker with the Chicago Bears and set a career-high in sacks. And while the Bears defense that season (2014) ranked among the worst in the NFL in several major statistical categories, Young, the former Detroit Lions defensive end, said he walked away from that experience a believer in Tucker, the new Michigan State football head coach.

The ‘busy eight days’ that united Michigan State football and Mel Tucker Detroit Free Press
Eight days ago, Mark Dantonio was Michigan State’s football coach. Things changed in a hurry. And the search for his replacement moved nearly as quickly. On Wednesday afternoon, Mel Tucker was named the Spartans’ 25th head coach by the university’s board of trustees. Seven of the eight trustees were present for the vote, with the only absence being Renee Knake.

‘I felt that pride’: Mel Tucker back at Michigan State, ‘where it all started for me’ Detroit News
The last time Mel Tucker was at Michigan State he was making $400 a month as a graduate assistant sleeping under his desk in the football building. Back then, the young coach made sure he was there in the morning when head coach Nick Saban showed up and he was there when Saban left. Nearly 23 years later, with the help of an endorsement from his old boss, Tucker was introduced as the 25th football coach at Michigan State, replacing Mark Dantonio, who stepped down last week after 13 seasons as the winningest coach in program history.

Mel Tucker is the ‘fearless leader’ Michigan State football hoped to find Detroit Free Press
He called it “a little bit of a blur.” Which is probably a bit of an understatement for Mel Tucker’s past week. One of his coaching mentors, Mark Dantonio, announced his retirement Feb. 4, a midday Tuesday bombshell that not even the Spartans’ players saw coming. By Friday morning, Tucker was interviewing with Michigan State athletic director Bill Beekman and his search committee. About 24 hours later, after his candidacy became public, he withdrew his name and announced he would remain at Colorado for a second season as head coach.

College football insiders say Tucker can excel with Michigan State’s resources Detroit News
Tucker, 48, was hired in the wee hours Wednesday morning from Colorado to replace Mark Dantonio, who retired last week after 13 seasons with the Spartans. Tucker, who began his coaching career as a graduate assistant at Michigan State in 1997, also coached at Ohio State and more recently at Alabama and Georgia. He went 5-7 last season with the Buffaloes.

Inside the eight-day coaching search that brought Mel Tucker to Michigan State MLive.com
Bill Beekman’s voice was hoarse by Tuesday night, but it was starting to get better, he said. That’s understandable for Michigan State’s athletic director who had spent a week leading a coaching search that led him across the country. That search eventually landed on Mel Tucker, the former Colorado coach who was officially hired as Michigan State’s new coach when the school’s Board of Trustees approved his hire on Wednesday.

Mel Tucker plans on being ‘thorough’ in assembling Michigan State coaching staff MLive.com
Mel Tucker is Michigan State’s new head football coach. That much is clear but it’s unknown who will be working for him. Tucker, who was introduced as the 25th head coach of the Spartans on Wednesday, needs to fill out a staff that includes 10 on-field assistants.

Mel Tucker welcomed by Michigan State: ‘This is the right time for me to be here’ Detroit Free Press
Horns blared. Pom-poms shook. The introductory news conference for Michigan State football’s new coach Mel Tucker doubled as a celebration. During an event that lasted almost 45 minutes, Tucker explained his vision for the program he inherits from his retired predecessor, Mark Dantonio. “We will play with great technique and fundamentals,” he said. “We will play smart. And we won’t beat ourselves. That’s the goal.”

With championship blueprint, Mel Tucker sets out to revive Michigan State football Detroit Free Press
Before his first game at Colorado, before he had ever led a team onto the field at the college level, Mel Tucker was confident he had the blueprint to build a winner. It was at Pac-12 Media Days last summer when Tucker took the stump to sell others on his prospects as new head coach. “I’ve been in championship programs,” he said. “I know what it takes, the process, the steps …”

Michigan State football’s biggest victory in years: Mel Tucker Detroit Free Press
Michigan State’s new football coach isn’t built for YouTube. Or any other corner of the internet where video pops up in a search engine. Oh, you can get the flavor of Mel Tucker’s personality watching a few seconds of film, but you can’t get his essence. And it wasn’t until Bill Beekman walked out of a hotel conference room in Colorado late Tuesday night that he knew in his bones Tucker was the man to lead MSU’s football program.

Mel Tucker made fiery first impression with players: ‘You can tell he’s a Spartan Dawg’ Lansing State Journal
Mel Tucker stepped into a theater in the Michigan State football facility, and all the players rose to their feet. Their new coach was here, mere hours after they found out he was coming from Colorado. Some of them hadn’t heard of him before, so a quick Google search was all they had to go by. Then he started talking, and they started to find out what he’s really about.

Couch: With Mel Tucker hire and a flood of cash, Michigan State football turns up the volume on hope and expectations Lansing State Journal
Think of three things and three things only,” Mel Tucker told his players as he was introduced Wednesday night as Michigan State’s football coach, “your god, your family and the Green Bay Packers.” Wait, wrong notepad. “We have much to live up to and much to prove and I believe the time is right now,” Tucker said, “Gratitude, responsibility and loving Spartan Football.” There it is.

Mel Tucker’s recruiting strategy for Michigan State football: ‘We gotta win in Detroit’ Detroit Free Press
Mel Tucker is a Cleveland native who knows the importance of recruiting in Ohio to develop a winning football program. But he also is acutely aware of Michigan State’s need to keep this state’s top prospects at home. Hours into his first day on the job as the Spartans’ 25th head coach Wednesday, Tucker began to lay out his blueprint for recruiting nationally and regionally. His eyes drew laser-focused, however, when the topic shifted to the state of Michigan — particularly the Detroit area.

Michigan State finds its ‘fit,’ Mel Tucker fulfills a dream Spartan Tailgate
Michigan State’s new football coach, the 25th in school history, later took the podium and presented himself as a working man. Tucker’s first public remarks as the caretaker of the Spartan program were mostly low-key, delivered in a direct manner with a soft tone. Mostly.