Mel Tucker is excited about the next era of Big Ten football. The conference has dominated the talk of this college football offseason with its additions of USC and UCLA and now a new media rights megadeal.

Jim Rome asked the Michigan State coach about expansion and the media deal.

“I think it’s huge out there, it’s positive, it’s great exposure for Michigan State,” Tucker said. “In our conference, we recruit nationally. We’ve got players on our team from the west coast. We’ve got players on our team from 22 different states. We have over 600,000 living alumni across the country and worldwide. So our brand is all over the country.

“And this just magnifies what we’re doing. It enhances our exposure in recruiting. And so, it’s a bigger stage. I think it’s a great thing. We embrace it. There’s going to be some challenges that come with it, but I think they’re all going to be challenges that we can attack. It remains to be seen how this is going to be, but in my mind right now, the bigger, the better.”

The Big Ten’s west coast expansion is set for 2024.