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Wikipedia seems to know who Michigan State's next offensive coordinator will be

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Cary Erickson | 14 February, 2020, 07:39

Apparently, he wanted to get some attention from some of his now-former signees, with the Michigan State Twitter account apparently following Rice.

Now, the question is, who will Tucker hire to be his coordinators? Tucker on the other hand has been climbing the coaching ranks year by year. He was given a five-year, $14.75 million contract to lead the Buffaloes and they were 5-7 last season to match the program's record from each of the previous two years. The six-time national championship-winning coach hired Tucker on three separate occasions, the first of which began here in East Lansing. Prior to that, he served as defensive backs coach on Nick Saban's staff at Alabama.

Late last week, Tucker publicly said he would stay at Colorado after being interviewed by Michigan State.

"We are disappointed to see Coach Tucker leave", Colorado athletic director Rick George said in a statement.

Michigan State's coaching search has landed on Cleveland native and former Ohio State assistant Mel Tucker, according to The Athletic's Bruce Feldman. The Buffaloes finished one win shy of their second bowl game in 12 seasons.

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Tucker began his collegiate coaching career as a graduate assistant at Michigan State in 1997 and coached defensive backs at Miami University in 1999 before taking the same job at LSU in 2000.

Tucker also was an assistant at Ohio State as a defensive backs coach when it won a national title under Jim Tressel, whose nephew, Mike Tressel, was Michigan State's interim coach briefly this month.

His contract also says MSU will pay for or reimburse Tucker for a country club membership at a club of his choosing. He also was the interim head coach for Jacksonville over the final five games in 2011 after Jack Del Rio was sacked.

If Tucker decides to leave the school for another coaching job before January 15, 2021, he will owe MSU $6 million.

After two years as the defensive coordinator of the Chicago Bears (2013-2014), Tucker returned to college football as the defensive backs coach at Alabama in 2015.