Mel Tucker has decided to leave Colorado and take over the Michigan State football program. The Buffaloes confirmed their coach’s departure in a statement on Wednesday morning, and the Spartans announced Tucker’s hiring in the afternoon.
“We are disappointed to see Coach Tucker leave,” Colorado athletic director Rick George said in a statement. “We are excited about the upward trajectory of our football system and we’ll get to function immediately hiring the next head coach to build on our momentum and lead our young men. We’re confident this program is on the verge of competing at the highest level and has the resources and assistance in spot to do so for a extended time.”
Tucker’s move comes as Michigan State went back at the coach with a a lot more substantial offer you just days following he reaffirmed his status with the Buffaloes, according to The Athletic’s Bruce Feldman.
“Even though I am flattered to be regarded as for the [Michigan State coaching job], I am committed to [Colorado] for #TheBuild of our system, its fantastic athletes, coaches & supporters. #UnfinishedBusiness #GoBuffs,” Tucker tweeted on Feb. 8.
That tweet was sent when it looked like Cincinnati coach Luke Fickell was the front-runner for the Michigan State job that Fickell ultimately turned down to stay with his Bearcats system.
In making the move from the Pac-12 to the Massive Ten, Tucker will see his Colorado salary ($two.7 million) and coaching salary pool ($3.15 million) double at Michigan State, according to Feldman. This is in addition to other resources the Spartans have promised to supply their new coach.
Tucker will succeed Mark Dantonio, who abruptly resigned earlier this month. Dantonio is Michigan State’s all-time winningest coach and had led the system considering that 2007. Tucker began his coaching career as a graduate assistant below Nick Saban at MSU from 1997-98.
Tucker completed five-7 in his only season top Colorado, his very first head coaching job. He previously served as a lengthy-time NFL defensive coordinator with the Cleveland Browns, Jacksonville Jaguars and Chicago Bears before joining Saban’s staff at Alabama in 2015 and working as Georgia defensive coordinator from 2016-18. Tucker brings with him to Michigan State a pair of national championship rings as an assistant at Ohio State and Alabama.