Michigan State Fires Mel Tucker Amid Sexual Harassment Allegations


Tucker had fought to keep his job, arguing that the allegations against him were merely based on mutual flirting and consensual phone conversations. However, the university disagreed and proceeded with the termination process. In a statement, MSU Vice President and Athletic Director, Alan Haller, explained that Tucker’s response failed to undermine the multiple grounds for his termination.

Key Takeaway

Michigan State University has fired Mel Tucker, their head football coach, due to sexual harassment allegations.

Prior to his termination, Tucker faced accusations from Brenda Tracy, a rape survivor and activist. According to Tracy, Tucker made unsolicited sexual comments and engaged in inappropriate behavior during a phone call in April of 2022. These allegations subsequently led to a formal Title IX complaint and investigation.

Tucker, who had signed a $95 million contract in 2021, vehemently denied any wrongdoing. He acknowledged having an intimate relationship with Tracy but maintained that the actions in question were consensual based on Tracy’s comments.

Michigan State University has stated that their Office for Civil Rights is still reviewing Tucker’s case. In the meantime, Harlon Barnett will serve as the interim head coach of the football team.