MSU Hires Former Asst. Mel Tucker As Head Coach
Michigan State University has confirmed the multiple reports that the school has hired Colorado head coach Mel Tucker to be Mark Dantonio's successor.
The 48 year old Tucker has limited head coaching experience, but comes with a long resume, including multiple stints with former Spartan coach Nick Saban at both MSU, at LSU and at Alabama, where he was Asst. Head Coach. Tucker was a defensive assistant at Ohio State under coordinator Dantonio. Tucker also has a long NFL resume including as the Chicago Bears' defensive coordinator (under Marc Trestman) and as interim head coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Those same reports point to Tucker's ability to recruit, which many deemed critical to the position.
During his tenure at Georgia, 247Sports ranked Tucker the No. 14 recruiter in the nation. At Colorado, he had the nation's 44th-best class, per 247Sports, in 2019, and had the 35th-best for 2020. That's a stark improvement over the year before he arrived, when it was 53rd. Among those he has recruited include first-round NFL Draft picks Ted Ginn Jr., Anthony Gonzalez, Vernon Gholston and Malcolm Jenkins. MSU's recruiting ranks have been on a step decline since being ranked No. 17 in the nation in 2016. - Detroit News.
Tucker should be introduced later on Wednesday after the Board of Trustees approved his hiring.