Colorado's head coaching job came open as Mel Tucker reportedly will take the head gig at Michigan State. Tucker worked as defensive coordinator of the Bulldogs for three seasons. His attention to detail will leave no stone unturned in his drive for championships. Tucker will replace Mark Dantonio, who retired two weeks ago after 13 mostly successful seasons.
Tucker was one of several candidates to seemingly turn down Michigan State's initial overtures, and he tweeted Saturday that he remained committed to Colorado after speaking with MSU about its vacancy. Feldman also reported Tucker's assistant coach salary pool will double from the $3.15 million it was in 2019 and there will be a "substantial increase" to Michigan State's strength and conditioning staff budget and program resources.
Tucker resigned as the Buffaloes' head coach after just one season earlier in the day. His first coaching job was as a graduate assistant on Nick Saban's staff at Michigan State in 1997-98. Tucker on the other hand has been climbing the coaching ranks year by year.
Sources tell SpartanMag.com that the five-year contract will be slightly richer than the $25.5 million that was presented to Cincinnati head coach Luke Fickell on Sunday. That appears to be when the Spartans re-visited the possibility of hiring Tucker, an OH native and former Big Ten defensive back at Wisconsin.
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.
After several stints as an National Football League defensive coordinator, Tucker became an assistant at Alabama in 2015. That was followed by being hired by Colorado on December 5, 2018.