Top Options to Replace Mel Tucker at Michigan State University
Mel Tucker is out. Michigan State University has announced that they’ve begun the process of terminating Mel Tucker’s employment as head football coach. MSU vice president and director of intercollegiate athletics Alan Haller released a statement about the the move this week, stating, “I, with the support of administration and board, have provided Mel Tucker with written notice of intent to terminate his contract for cause. This notification process is required as part of his existing contract. The notice provides Tucker with seven calendar days to respond and present reasons to me and the interim president as to why he should not be terminated for cause.” So, who are some options to replace Mel Tucker at Michigan State?
Options to Replace Mel Tucker: My Favorite Picks
Mark Dantonio, Michigan State associate coach
Mark Dantonio was head coach at MSU during some of their most successful years. He’s currently associate coach to Harlon Bennett in an interim role, with Tucker out. Rumor has it that Dantonio is interested in coming back to the Spartans. He coached during Kirk Cousins’ successful time at the university. He also brought home three Big Ten titles, three New Year’s Six bowl appearances and a College Football Playoff berth during his time at MSU. I would love to see this happen, but who knows.
Mike Tressel, Wisconsin defensive coordinator
This might be the most likely option, even though I would like to see Dantonio back. Tressel was a Michigan State assistant for Mark Dantonio from 2007-20 and was with the program under Tucker, too. He was with Dantonio during many of his most successful years. After MSU, he was at Cincinnati, and now, he’s at Wisconsin. He’s be a great pick.
Brian Hartline, Ohio State offensive coordinator
Hey, even if you don’t like Ohio State, you have to admit that they know football. Brian Hartline is the best recruiter in the league right now, which could be great for getting fresh talent. He doesn’t have much head coach experience though. We could give him that opportunity.