Michigan State officially has its next head football coach. The Spartans have officially hired Colorado head coach Mel Tucker.
Tucker is leaving Colorado after one season. The former Georgia Bulldogs assistant coach is replacing longtime head coach Mark Dantonio, who stepped down last week.
It’s rare for a head coach to leave a school after just one season. However, it’s tough to blame Tucker for making the move based on his contract details.
Michigan State is paying Mel Tucker $5.5 million per season as part of his six-year contract. Tucker was one season into a five-year, $14.75 million contract at Colorado.
— Larry Lage (@LarryLage) February 13, 2020
Michigan State is essentially doubling Tucker’s salary at Colorado. The Spartans have also reportedly doubled Tucker’s pool for assistant coaches.
“My dream was to come back here and be the head coach,” Tucker, who coached at Michigan State under Nick Saban, said at his press conference.
Mel Tucker remembered sleeping under a desk when he worked as a grad assistant for Nick Saban at Michigan State.
"My dream was to come back here and be the head coach," he said. pic.twitter.com/skSQW8P7PD
— Brad Galli (@BradGalli) February 13, 2020
Tucker, 48, was a graduate assistant at Michigan State from 1997-98. He has major ties to Big Ten country, having grown up in Ohio and played at Wisconsin.