Michigan State will reportedly hire Colorado's Mel Tucker as next football coach

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Reports: Mel Tucker is leaving as head coach of the CU Buffs, taking the same job with Michigan St.

He even put out a message on social media saying he was looking forward to building the program in Boulder, at least one assistant coach timed up that message with a post of his own and it looked like Tucker was heading into Year 2 with the Buffaloes.

"Returning home to Michigan State is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for me and my family, but it created the toughest decision of my life - to leave Colorado", Tucker said.

Beekman received input from Dantonio and basketball coach Tom Izzo before recommending the school's governing board hire Tucker.

Michigan State has hired Mel Tucker, who resigned as Colorado's coach earlier Wednesday, as the Spartans' next football coach, the school announced.

"Mel brings a championship pedigree, National Football League experience, connections to our region, success on the recruiting trail and head coaching experience to our program", athletic director Bill Beekman said. Beekman then flew to Cincinnati to interview Cincinnati coach Luke Fickell, the perceived front-runner, on Sunday morning. Perhaps more importantly, he'll connect with our student-athletes to help them develop beyond just their skills on the football field. He spent the 2015 season as an assistant head coach and defensive backs coach at Alabama.

The Cleveland native was a Rose Bowl-winning defensive back for Wisconsin from 1991-94 before beginning his college career. After Dantonio left to become the head coach at Cincinnati prior to the 2004 season, Tucker served as the Buckeyes' co-defensive coordinator and defensive backs coach.

Tucker also was an assistant at Ohio State as a defensive backs coach when it won a national title under Jim Tressel, whose nephew, Mike Tressel, was Michigan State's interim coach briefly this month. He spent three years as the Dawgs defensive coordinator, helping win a Rose Bowl and almost a National Championship. He was the defensive coordinator at Georgia from 2016 through 2018. That was followed by being hired by Colorado on December 5, 2018.

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