After leading the Colorado Buffaloes to a 5-7 record in his first and ONLY season, Mel Tucker is leaving the Black and Gold for Michigan State green. The Athletic’s Bruce Feldman first reported news of Tucker’s departure late Tuesday night via twitter.
BREAKING: #CU coach Mel Tucker has agreed in principle to become the new head coach at #MichiganState, per sources. After Tucker turned down initial interest, MSU power brokers came back repeatedly to Tucker’s reps w/ an offer that was impossible to ignore https://t.co/qjOH0qKirQ— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) February 12, 2020
The news comes just four days after Tucker reaffirmed his commitment to Colorado via twitter, in response to a Detroit Free Press report that Michigan State was expected to interview him for their head coach vacancy. “While I am flattered to be considered for the HC job @MSU_football, I am committed to @CUBuffsFootball for #TheBuild of our program, its great athletes, coaches & supporters,” Tucker tweeted.
While I am flattered to be considered for the HC job @MSU_football, I am committed to @CUBuffsFootball for #TheBuild of our program, its great athletes, coaches & supporters. #UnfinishedBusiness #GoBuffs— Mel Tucker (@Coach_mtucker) February 8, 2020
We are #Relentless #Culture #TheBuild
So how did Buffs nation react to Wednesday’s shocking news on twitter? Here’s a look at some of the more notable reactions:
Respect is given when you put words to action. Consistency and Commitment is all these young ball players want. #wow— Phillip Lindsay (@I_CU_boy) February 12, 2020
What Mel Tucker really said....— Mike Pritchard (@mipritchard) February 12, 2020
While I’m flattered to be the HC of @CUBuffsFootball I am an OPPORTUNIST every minute of the day. I am only COMMITTED to me, myself and I. #TheBuild of my wallet. #itsjustbusiness https://t.co/esNI37lwIp
My Main Man! Roar!!! We all say travel welll to @Coach_mtucker. Life is too short to cry over spilled milk. Let’s pick up the pieces and move on. @CUBuffsFootball was not his dream job, plus the money was over the top. We have to find a brilliant, energetic and charismatic CU man https://t.co/BXZuayauxL— Alfred Williams (@BigAlRadio) February 12, 2020
Unbelievable that the Buffs are back to ground zero. The ink hasn’t even dried from signing day with all those kids that committed to Tucker.— Tyler Polumbus (@Tyler_Polumbus) February 12, 2020
Tucker handled this about as poorly as possible.
Man tell me this can’t be true...— KD Superstar Nixon (@Superstarnixon) February 12, 2020
Cold game, i been there before. don’t trust nobody and get yours, my best advice— Mikial Onu (@mikial__) February 12, 2020
MEL TUCKER IS A CON MAN! He recruited my grandson to go to CU said he wasn’t going anywhere then ups and leaves. Sat there and lied to my face he wasn’t going anywhere!— Drew Pearson (@88DrewPearson) February 12, 2020
So I want to beat him up today on social media.
What else can I do?
I hate being lied to..— ً (@shaad210) February 12, 2020
The Pride and Tradition of the Colorado Buffaloes will not be entrusted to the timid or the weak!! Shoulder to Shoulder we will fight for our brothers next to us!! Buff Nation stay strong and stay together— Darrin Chiaverini (@CoachChev6) February 12, 2020
Our search for our next head coach has begun. We’re excited about our current team and we are confident our program is on a trajectory to compete at the highest level. #GoBuffs https://t.co/HC2akBzoEy— Rick George (@RickGeorgeCU) February 12, 2020