Mel Tucker did not address his Colorado team before leaving to take the head coaching job at Michigan State. Whether he wanted to or not remains in question.
Colorado AD Rick George told reporters during a press conference today that Tucker did not speak with his players before resigning. George didn’t indicate whether it was Tucker’s decision or not, but seemingly put the onus on the former coach.
However, a new report from ESPN’s Adam Rittenberg claims it was not Tucker’s decision to make. Rittenberg says the coach expressed a desire to address his team but was told he could not do so.
Tucker left Colorado for MSU after just one season. He had previously tweeted on Saturday that he was “committed” to the Buffaloes but changed his mind after an aggressive second effort by MSU boosters.
Sources tell ESPN that Tucker was at the Colorado facility this morning and wanted to speak to the team but was informed he could not do so. He definitely wanted to address players before leaving for MSU. https://t.co/0FChbAxuMi
— Adam Rittenberg (@ESPNRittenberg) February 12, 2020
It wouldn’t surprise us to see both fan bases digging in on this issue. Michigan State fans will cite Rittenberg’s report as proof Tucker tried to handle his departure in a classy way.
Meanwhile, Colorado supporters will point to Tucker reneging on his original promise to stay and claim he tried to duck out. Debate on the matter will ensue.
Either way, Colorado is now in the market for a new head coach. Tucker left Boulder with four years remaining on his contract, so the program has to shift gears.