Michigan State to Reportedly Hire Tucker as Head Football Coach

EAST LANSING — Michigan State is expected to hire Mel Tucker as its next head football coach following approval of the school’s governing board later Wednesday, according to the Associated Press. He is set to become the 25th head coach in MSU football history and will replace Mark Dantonio, the program’s winningest coach who stepped down after 13 seasons on Feb. 4.

Tucker led Colorado to a 5-7 record in his first year as a college head coach.

He has coaching experience at the college and pro levels, starting his career as a graduate assistant at Michigan State under Nick Saban in 1997. He also coached at Miami (OH), LSU, Ohio State, Alabama and Georgia as an assistant. In the NFL, he coached for the Browns, Jaguars and Bears, including a brief stint as the Jacksonville interim head coach in 2011.

According to his biography on Colorado’s website, Tucker was at Michigan State for two seasons as a graduate assistant. He worked with the defensive backs, a role he had several times throughout his career, and worked directly under Dantonio.

Tucker played college football at Wisconsin as a defensive back.

The Spartans will open up their 2020 season with a Big 10 matchup against Northwestern at home on Saturday, Sept. 5. The kickoff time has not been announced yet.

Some other notable games for Tucker’s first year include back-to-back home games against Michigan (Oct. 10) and Ohio State (Oct. 17). MSU plays at Penn State on Nov. 14.