Colorado’s athletic department has released a statement since the news broke that head coach Mel Tucker is leaving Boulder to become the leader at Michigan State.
The news was first reported by Bruce Feldman of The Athletic. The report came out early Wednesday morning, and just a week after Tucker confirmed that he was not interested in the job in East Lansing and was “committed” to building the program at Colorado.
All of that changed when, as Feldman says, Michigan State showed up with an offer “impossible to ignore.” Now, Tucker is expected to become Mark Dantonio’s replacement, pending approval from the Michigan State University Board of Trustees.
“We are disappointed to see Coach Tucker leave,” Colorado athletic director Rick George said in a statement. “We are excited about the upward trajectory of our football program and we’ll get to work immediately hiring the next head coach to build on our momentum and lead our young men. We’re confident this program is on the verge of competing at the highest level and has the resources and support in place to do so for a long time.”
Tucker was the head coach at Colorado for just one season, and the Buffaloes finished the 2019 season with a 5-7 record.