After a rough week for CU football more details are starting to emerge following the news of Mel Tucker’s exit to Michigan State. According to a report by Pat Forde and Ross Dellinger of Sports Illustrated, Colorado Buffaloes donors felt “hoodwinked” by Tucker’s final hours with the program.
At his last official event as CU head coach, Tucker met with university boosters after working out the initial details of a 6-year, $32.5 million contract with MSU. The details of the fundraising event at the Denver Country Club were called “bizarre” from some in attendance due to Tucker’s lack of enthusiasm while still promoting the idea he would be staying in Boulder for the foreseeable future.
Here’s the general tone of Tucker’s last hours in Boulder as told by those in attendance.
Nothing abnormal from Tucker, who shot down the idea of joining Michigan State before carefully reconsidering a second offer that more than doubled his salary at Colorado.
Nobody should fault Tucker for taking a better opportunity, but the illusion he was still on board with the program a short time before knowing he would be on a plane saying “Go Green” will be the lasting memory of Mel Tucker’s time in Colorado.
@Coach_mtucker ✈️ EL pic.twitter.com/zmTQPKbJrP— Michigan State Football (@MSU_Football) February 12, 2020
Colorado’s head coaching search continues with rumors of Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy, Alabama offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian and interim coach Darrin Chiaverini all being considered to pick up where Tucker left off.