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Michigan State Steals Top Assistant From Rival Big Ten Program

A closeup of three Michigan State football helmets before a game.

LINCOLN, NE - NOVEMBER 17: Helmets of the Michigan State Spartans during the game against the Nebraska Cornhuskers at Memorial Stadium on November 17, 2018 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images)

Michigan State head coach Mel Tucker has been putting in work in regards to hiring a new staff. His latest hire is massive.

Tucker and the Spartans are bringing in one of the top assistants in the Big Ten - Ted Gilmore. Gilmore has spent the past five seasons at Wisconsin coaching the Badgers' receivers. He also held the title of passing game coordinator over the past three years.

Tucker is hiring Gilmore to coach the Spartans' tight ends. The last time he coached tight ends came when he was with Kansas in 1999. It's currently unclear if he'll hold any other titles for Michigan State. But make no doubt about it, this is a massive hire.

Gilmore is not only one of the best assistant coaches in the Big Ten - he also comes from a rival program. Tucker posted a promising reaction to his new hire on Friday morning on Twitter. Here's what he had to say about Gilmore:

Sounds like Gilmore is bound to have an instant impact for Tucker and Michigan State.

The Spartans' offense desperately needs to improve in 2020. Gilmore is expected to have a big offensive role for MSU.

Tucker has made some excellent hires since taking over as the Spartans' head coach.