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Mel Tucker's October 'Transfer Portal' Comments Getting Roasted After His Jump To Michigan State

Head coach Mel Tucker during a Colorado game.

BOULDER, CO - SEPTEMBER 14: Head coach Mel Tucker of the Colorado Buffaloes works along the sideline during the first half of a game against the Air Force Falcons at Folsom Field on September 14, 2019 in Boulder, Colorado. (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)

College football head coaches are free to leave their jobs with relative impunity, as Mel Tucker showed today. Just days after publicly turning down Michigan State and committing to Colorado for the long haul, he is Big Ten bound after just one year in Boulder.

According to a report by The Athletic, Tucker's salary has been basically doubled, to a reported $5.2 million, a wild number for a will-be second year head coach with a 5-7 record all-time. Per USA Today's 2019 numbers, he would be the 12th-highest paid head coach at that number, between two of his new conference-mates: Penn State's James Franklin and Northwestern's Pat Fitzgerald. Tucker made under $3 million last year, and will also have his assistant coach salary pool doubled.

Ultimately, it is hard to blame Mel Tucker for taking the job with that kind of a salary bump. Michigan State was probably desperate, and did what it had to do to poach him from CU. When he turned the school down just four days ago, he might've meant it based on the situation at the time. It just goes to show that you maybe shouldn't say anything until the ink is completely dry on a situation.

Tucker's tweet about turning down MSU isn't the only one that is making the rounds today. A quote of him from this fall may look even worse in light of the move. Like many other head coaches, Tucker reportedly railed against the transfer portal. In October, according to Colorado assistant athletic director and football sports information director Curtis Snyder, Tucker said that there is "no transfer portal in real life." The tweet was deleted after FootballScoop posted about the quote. That hasn't stopped numerous people from ripping it.

A number of major college football voices called out Tucker for the quote back when he made it as well.

Many are going to find it hard to criticize a guy for doubling his salary and finding a situation that will make it easier to compensate his assistants well. Mel Tucker is also a Midwestern guy; he's from Cleveland, played at Wisconsin, and has experience coaching at Michigan State previously, as well as Ohio State, the Cleveland Browns, and the Chicago Bears.

He is also very much a careerist, as many if not the majority of college football coaches are. And with that being the reality, harping against unpaid players making tough decisions to leave their playing situations to find better ones, when you will jump at a higher paying job every year or two, is nothing short of rank hypocrisy.