Michigan State has hired Colorado football coach Mel Tucker, ending a wild seven-day search to replace Mark Dantonio, who abruptly and surprisingly retired on Feb. 4 after 13 seasons. Tucker, 48, reached a deal early Wednesday to become the Spartans’ 25th head coach, according to a source with knowledge of the situation.
Source: Detroit Free Press
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Michigan State football hired Colorado’s Mel Tucker early Wednesday morning, a source with knowledge of the situation told the Lansing State Journal. The news was the final twist in a wild coaching search that began like a romance novel and ended like an M. Night Shyamalan movie.
Michigan State reportedly to hire Colorado’s Mel Tucker as next football coach Detroit News
Michigan State’s search for a football coach appears to be over. According to multiple reports, Colorado coach Mel Tucker has agreed on terms to become Michigan State’s 25th head coach, replacing Mark Dantonio, who stepped down last week after 13 seasons leading the Spartans.
Couch: 3 quick takes on Michigan State hiring Mel Tucker as its football coach Lansing State Journal
I don’t know if MSU left anything on the table with Fickell. But athletic director Bill Beekman and his team weren’t messing around with Tucker. This is strong hire by MSU and a decisive recovery. Tucker had withdrawn from consideration at MSU when it appeared Fickell was the guy. Beekman and Co. doubled back and got him, even after he’d pledged to stay at Colorado.
Mel Tucker to be named MSU football head coach Spartan Nation
Oh, you thought the MSU basketball win was the only stunning event on Tuesday night?! Let Mel Tucker — the 25th head coach of the Michigan State University football program — tell you wrong. Yes, that Mel Tucker. The same Mel Tucker that shut down the Spartans just a few days ago. According to Bruce Feldman of The Athletic, MSU’s big shots went back to Tucker and offered him a deal he couldn’t refuse.
Just a taste of what we’re getting: