Mel Tucker after a Sept. 1, 2023 game. Michigan State head coach Mel Tucker speaks at post game press conference after 31-7 win over Central Michigan at Spartan Stadium in East Lansing on Friday, Sept. 1, 2023.

On Monday, Michigan State announced their intention to fire head football coach Mel Tucker for cause. That came a week after the Spartans had suspended Tucker following media reports of his alleged sexual harassment of sexual assault survivor Brenda Tracy, who had previously visited Michigan State’s program as part of her work educating players on sexual assault. Tucker shot back publicly after that suspension and called Tracy’s comments “completely false,” and he’s now taken that even further with another statement Tuesday blasting Tracy, MSU, and AD Alan Haller:

The statement there includes complaints about the university and how they “cut off any semblance of interest in the truth or due process by terminating me weeks before the hearing.” It also has Tucker complaining about the school declining his request to investigate leaks, and saying “I can only conclude that MSU does not care about my rights, the truth, or its future liability for policing its employees’ private lives.” But the particularly notable comment there may be Tucker’s claim that Tracy “manufactured false allegations against me.”

What’s clear from Tucker’s response here is that he’s not going to simply go quietly and accept the university’s plan to fire him. His previous response to these allegations was already called “scorched earth” by many, and this one has even stronger language with its claims on the actions from Tracy and Michigan State, including “biased investigation” and “miscarriage of justice.” And his “I look forward to one day obtaining discovery against MSU” makes it sound like he’s planning legal action of his own. We’ll see where this goes next.


About Andrew Bucholtz

Andrew Bucholtz has been covering sports media for Awful Announcing since 2012. He is also a staff writer for The Comeback. His previous work includes time at Yahoo! Sports Canada and Black Press.