Michigan State to hire Colorado's Mel Tucker as football coach

Michigan State to hire Colorado's Mel Tucker as football coach”

Tucker spent last season as head coach at Colorado, where he posted a 5-7 record. "The resources are here".

He's been called many things in the last 24 hours, particularly by Colorado Buffaloes fans, upset with Tucker, who said he wasn't leaving Boulder for MSU multiple times.

Tucker interviewed with Michigan State's search committee on Saturday in Colorado, but removed his name from consideration. They had 7-6 records the past two seasons and were three games over.500 in the four seasons following their playoff appearance.

"We are disappointed to see Coach Tucker leave", CU coach Rick George said via a statement released by the university Wednesday morning.

Michigan State got its man by offering an increased coaching salary pool and a substantial increase to the Spartans' strength and conditioning budget, and more than doubling Tucker's $2.7-million salary with the Buffaloes, Feldman reports.

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Tucker's departure, though, caught many by surprise, after he and George issued statements Saturday that seemed meant to quell speculation about him going to Michigan State. He has also been meeting with alumni and donors to drum up support.

Tucker coached in the National Football League for several years after leaving Ohio State. "We're going to play for you".

Dantonio retired with a 114-57 record over 13 years. The former Wisconsin defensive back began his coaching career in 1997 as a graduate assistant under Nick Saban. The Buffaloes finished one win shy of their second bowl game in 12 seasons. He has also been an assistant at Miami of Ohio, Ohio State and was defensive coordinator for three National Football League teams - the Cleveland Browns, Jacksonville Jaguars and Chicago Bears (also serving a stint as Jacksonville's interim head coach in 2011) before returning to the college game at Alabama in 2015.

The Spartans lured Tucker away from Colorado with a lucrative contract offer after appearing to be interested in coaches such as Luke Fickell, Robert Saleh and Pat Shurmur. He was defensive backs coach at Ohio State from 2001 through 2003 before being promoted to the Buckeyes' co-defensive coordinator. And after Mark Dantonio somewhat abruptly retired earlier this month following a 13-year run leading the Spartans, the university ultimately landed on a former Saban assistant as Dantonio's successor. Saleh is a former Michigan State assistant who is now the defensive coordinator for the San Francisco 49ers and Shurmur, a former Spartans player and assistant, is offensive coordinator for the Denver Broncos.

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