- Michigan State University has fired head football coach Mel Tucker for cause amidst an investigation into allegations of sexual harassment.
- The firing could potentially prevent the university from paying Tucker the nearly $80 million remaining on his 10-year, $95 million contract.
- The university claims Tucker’s conduct triggered the Early Termination Provision of his contract due to material breach and behavior that could harm the university’s reputation.
- Tucker has seven days to respond and present a case for why he should not be fired for cause, and a hearing is scheduled for October 5.
Michigan State Fires Head Coach Mel Tucker
Amidst an ongoing investigation into allegations of sexual harassment, Michigan State University has fired head football coach Mel Tucker for cause. This decision could potentially relieve the university from paying Tucker the substantial sum of nearly $80 million, which remains on his 10-year, $95 million contract.
Tucker’s contract, signed in 2021, had made him not only the sixth-highest-paid coach in college football but also the highest-paid Black coach in college football history and the highest-paid coach in the Big Ten.
Michigan State University said it would fire its head football coach, Mel Tucker, amid an investigation into allegations that he sexually harassed a woman who visited the school to educate its football team about sexual misconduct. https://t.co/hOiNfBXTKP
— The New York Times (@nytimes) September 19, 2023
The university asserts that Tucker’s conduct triggered the Early Termination Provision outlined in his contract. According to Michigan State, Tucker materially breached the agreement and engaged in behavior that, in the university’s reasonable judgment, could bring public disrespect, contempt, or ridicule upon the institution.
Alan Haller, MSU’s vice president and director of intercollegiate athletics, issued a statement explaining that Tucker now has seven days to respond and present a case for why he should not be terminated for cause. It’s important to note that the termination of Tucker’s employment does not conclude the ongoing investigation into his actions. Both parties are scheduled to participate in a hearing on October 5 to further address the situation.
Michigan State plans to fire head football coach Mel Tucker over allegations of sexual misconduct.
— CBS Mornings (@CBSMornings) September 19, 2023
The suspension of Mel Tucker occurred on September 10, following a report by USA Today alleging that he sexually harassed Brenda Tracy, an activist hired to educate Michigan State University athletes on matters related to sexual violence. Tucker vehemently denied these allegations, and it remains uncertain whether he will appeal the university’s decision regarding his employment.