New Spartan on the block: Michigan State University welcomes Mel Tucker

Paige Bunker ‘20, LyonLife Editor-in-Chief


 As Michigan State football enters its 67th year in the Big Ten Conference, dramatic changes are coming its way, and excitement is in the air. As former head coach Mark Dantonio steps down after more than a decade at MSU, it is time for someone to fill his shoes, and those are some mighty big shoes to fill. With a 114-57 record over the course of 13 seasons, Dantonio has officially been named the winningest head football coach for Spartan football, but unfortunately, it was time for him to move on. However, a new and exciting hire is in the works, and MSU football is ready to welcome the newest member of the Spartan family, Mel Tucker. 

As the previous head coach at the University of Colorado with a long history as a defensive coordinator and assistant coach at a variety of well-respected universities, Tucker is coming back to the university of his first position as graduate assistant back in 1997. Athletic director Bill Beekman said, “He’s the right coach at the right time to move Michigan State forward with passion and energy.” Spartan athletes could not agree more. Senior and dedicated Spartan fan Kaitlyn Savanyu said, “I’m really excited that they hired Mel Tucker. I think he will bring in lots of energy and talent to the program to help it move forward in the right direction toward a national championship!”

As their fight song declares, Spartans are ready for another “victory for MSU” with Tucker on the sidelines. Change can be scary, but with such a highly-respected coach coming to East Lansing, there is nothing for MSU to be worried about.


Photo courtesy of Detroit News

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