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Michigan State taps Colorado coach Mel Tucker to lead Spartan football program

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In this Sept. 21, 2019, file photo, Colorado head coach Mel Tucker reacts to a holding call in the second half during an NCAA college football game against Arizona State, in Tempe, Ariz. A person familiar with the decision says Colorado coach Mel Tucker has agreed to lead Michigan State's football program. The person spoke Wednesday morning, Feb. 12, 2020, to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the hiring had not been announced. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri, File)

The Michigan State Spartans announced that they have hired Mel Tucker as the 25th head football coach.

The hire won’t be official until approved by the university's Board of Trustees, which scheduled a meeting for 5 p.m. Wednesday.

Tucker comes to East Lansing after a one-year stint as the head coach of Colorado, where the Buffaloes went 5-7 last season. Prior to his stop in Boulder, Tucker was the defensive coordinator at Georgia from 2016 to 2018 and was Alabama’s assistant head coach during the 2015 season.

He also brings NFL experience to the Spartans after serving in various roles with the Cleveland Browns, Jacksonville Jaguars and Chicago Bears.

“It brings me great pleasure to welcome Mel Tucker to the Spartan family as the 25th head coach in Michigan State football history,” Michigan State Athletic Director Bill Beekman said i a written announcement on the hire.

“Mel brings a championship pedigree, NFL experience, connections to our region, success on the recruiting trail and head coaching experience to our program," Beekman said. "Beyond his impressive list of credentials is an even more impactful leader of men with an energetic personality that will pay dividends on the recruiting trail. Perhaps more importantly, he’ll connect with our student-athletes to help them develop beyond just their skills on the football field. His attention to detail will leave no stone unturned in his drive for championships.”

Once the hire is approved by the board, Michigan State will hold a press conference, which is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, to officially announce Tucker as the newest head coach of the football program.