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MSU terminates Mel Tucker for cause following sexual harassment claims

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The Michigan State Spartans have fired head football coach Mel Tucker. This comes as Tucker has been investigated by the school for sexual harassment.

The school previously said that they planned on firing Tucker on Monday, September 18th. Harlon Barnett will serve as interim head coach for the rest of the season.

Former Michigan State Spartans head coach Mel Tucker looks on prior to a game against the Richmond Spiders
Mel Tucker looks on prior to a game against the Richmond Spiders (Photo by Mike Mulholland/Getty Images)

Michigan State said that Tucker “brought public disrespect, contempt, and ridicule upon the university.”

“Simply put, Mr. Tucker’s response does not provide any information that refutes or undermines the multiple grounds for termination for cause set forth in the notice,” Spartans Vice President and Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Alan Haller said. “Instead, his 25-page response, which includes a 12-page letter from his attorney and a 13-page ‘expert report,’ provides a litany of excuses for his inappropriate behavior while expressly admitting to the problematic conduct outlined in the notice.”

Tucker’s job security came to light following a September 10th USA Today story where they alleged Tucker sexually harassed Brenda Tracy, who is a rape survivor and anti-sexual violence advocate. She had visited the campus several times.

He allegedly masturbated during a phone call with Tracy. The incident happened in April 2022. Tucker claimed that the phone sex was consensual.

As the Spartans head coach, he guided the team to a 2-0 start this season before being suspended. He was 20-14 as their head coach.

In five seasons as a college football head coach, he has gone 25-21 at Michigan State and one season with the Colorado Buffaloes. He also served as the interim head coach for five games with the Jacksonville Jaguars during the 2011 season.

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Anthony Caruso III
Anthony Caruso III
Anthony Caruso III is the Publisher of The Capital Sports Report. He has been in the Journalism field since August 2002. Since that time, Mr. Caruso has covered many marquee events. This includes 13 Heisman Trophy ceremonies, 2 Little World Series events, and one Army-Navy College Football game.
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