Chip the Buffalo does not enjoy being lied to, and he’s not afraid to call people out. The Colorado mascot decided to send a parting shot at former head coach Mel Tucker, who is leaving Boulder to become the next head coach at Michigan State.
On Wednesday morning, hours after Bruce Feldman of The Athletic reported that Tucker had agreed to become the head coach at Michigan State, Chip the Buffalo caught wind of the news. He was not too pleased.
So, the CU mascot opted to fire off a tweet, saying almost exactly what Tucker wrote on Twitter when his name originally surfaced with the job at MSU. Tucker initially denied interest in the job, saying he was committed to Colorado and “the build” of the Buffaloes football program.
Below are the two tweets, the first from Chip the Buffalo and the second was Tucker’s original tweet from last week.
While I am flattered to be considered for so many Mascot jobs across the country after my title, I am committed to @CUBuffs for #TheBuild of our program, its great athletes, coaches & supporters. #UnfinishedBusiness #GoBuffs
— Chip the Buffalo (@Chipthebuffalo) February 12, 2020
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
Tucker has come under serious scrutiny already, not simply for taking the job at Michigan State, but for issuing the statement and then changing his mind. Chip the Buffalo wasn’t the only one who took serious offense to the head coach’s decision.
2018 – Georgia (DC)
2019 – Colorado (HC)
2020 – Michigan St (HC)
“There’s no transfer portal in the real world” – Mel Tucker https://t.co/zSlBlcANBQ
— Phil Murphy (@Phil_Sports) February 12, 2020
Mel Tucker the first half of this gif: "Guys, I'm committed to Colorado."
Mel Tucker the second half of this gif: "Wait, Michigan State will DOUBLE my salary?" pic.twitter.com/E9V8KJq17d
— Mark Springer: Radio Machine (@MarkAMark) 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!
So I want to beat him up today on social media.
What else can I do?
— Drew Pearson (@88DrewPearson) February 12, 2020
The amount of people Mel Tucker personally lied to even today, whew.
Glad he secured the bag and hope that job works out, because his personal reputation took a hit today.
— Benjamin Allbright (@AllbrightNFL) February 12, 2020
Mel Tucker has been the Michigan State Head Coach for 7 hours and has the same amount of Big Ten Championships as Jim Harbaugh.
— sam🏄♂️ (@SamTomasi3) February 12, 2020
I don’t know who is saying this is Rick George’s fault, it’s NOT. This is on Mel Tucker. I know big money is a big deal but so is doing the right thing! Feel for the players big time the current ones and the new recruits. They committed to CU but Tucker sure wasn’t. #9sports
— Rod Mackey (@Rod9sports) February 12, 2020
Tucker is catching some serious backlash for his decision, but according to Feldman’s report, Michigan State made the offer “impossible to ignore.”
Michigan State’s Board of Trustees is expected to meet at 3 p.m. Wednesday. While specific details of the meeting were not mentioned, it’s almost certainly to approve Tucker as the next head coach for the Spartans.
Tucker was at Colorado one season, going 5-7.