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Mel Tucker to be named MSU football head coach

The Athletic reports Tucker is heading to East Lansing

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Oh, you thought the MSU basketball win was the only stunning event on Tuesday night?!

Let Mel Tucker — the 25th head coach of the Michigan State University football program — tell you wrong.

Yes, that Mel Tucker. The same Mel Tucker that shut down the Spartans just a few days ago. According to Bruce Feldman of The Athletic, MSU’s big shots went back to Tucker and offered him a deal he couldn’t refuse.

The Athletic reports the deal will nearly double the 48-year-old’s salary ($2.7 million last season), and he is expected to bring most of his staff with him.

Tucker comes here after spending a season at Colorado, where the Buffs went 5-7. People around Colorado circles were high on Tucker, who brings in the No. 35 recruiting class in the nation to Colorado.

The Cleveland native started his coaching career right in East Lansing after playing at Wisconsin in the early 90s. He since jumped around to defensive coordinator positions at Ohio State and the NFL’s Jacksonville Jaguars, Cleveland Browns and Chicago Bears, and went back to the college ranks to be the defensive coordinator at Alabama and Georgia before heading to Colorado.

We’ll report more once it becomes official and we learn more.