HEAD COACH HUNT: MSU board approves Mel Tucker for football coach

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EAST LANSING, MI. (WILX) -- The Michigan State University Board of Trustees held a special meeting on Wednesday to vote on a new head football coach for the Spartans.

The agenda for the meeting, held on Feb. 12 at 5 p.m., simply stated: a meeting to discuss a personnel action.

However, MSU Athletics sent out a release earlier in the day stating "that pending approval from the Michigan State Board of Trustees, Mel Tucker will be named the 25th head coach in Spartan Football history."

Statements were also sent out from the university President and Athletic Director regarding the hire.

“Mel Tucker has a strong reputation as an intense and dynamic coach and we’re excited to have him bring that energy to MSU,” said Michigan State President Samuel L. Stanley, Jr, M.D. “Leading our football program on the field and in their development as student athletes is no small task and we are confident he is the right person for the job. We look forward to having Coach Tucker join our Spartan family.”

“It brings me great pleasure to welcome Mel Tucker to the Spartan family as the 25th head coach in Michigan State football history,” Michigan State athletic director Bill Beekman said. “Mel brings a championship pedigree, NFL experience, connections to our region, success on the recruiting trail and head coaching experience to our program. Beyond his impressive list of credentials is an even more impactful leader of men with an energetic personality that will pay dividends on the recruiting trail. Perhaps more importantly, he’ll connect with our student-athletes to help them develop beyond just their skills on the football field. His attention to detail will leave no stone unturned in his drive for championships."

Bill Beekman spoke at the meeting, addressing the board with the happenings of the last few days and the process in the search to find a new football coach for the team.

When he got to Feb. 11 he spoke about his conversations with Mel Tucker and Tucker's experience and character, and what would make him the right fit for MSU.

After he finished, President Stanley spoke and Trustee Byrum, before calling for a vote.

The vote was unanimous and Mel Tucker's hire was approved.

He starts effective February 14, 2020 - through February 15 2026.

As he arrived in East Lansing, News 10 asked him he was ready to get started and he said, "I'm happy to be home."

Coach Tucker will be held a press conference from the Breslin Center at 6:30 p.m., you can watch that below.
Key football dates are below:
Michigan State opens the 2020 schedule on Saturday, Sept. 5 against Northwestern, starting off a home slate that also includes Toledo (Sept. 19), Miami (Sept. 26), Michigan (Oct. 10), Ohio State (Oct. 17) and Rutgers (Nov. 21). The Spartans will host its annual Spring Game on April 18.


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