There’s a good chance Mel Tucker hasn’t slept since he arrived in East Lansing on Wednesday afternoon. Not only as the head coach met with the team, assistant coaches and attended a hockey game, he was at the Breslin Center on Saturday night for Michigan State’s showdown with Maryland.
He took the opportunity, in front of a large crowd, to thank fans for their support of his hiring and make a few promises during a timeout. With the microphone in hand, Tucker walked to center court and guaranteed the fans a few things.
“I’m happy to be back home, where it all began for me,” Tucker said. “Thank you for your support, me and my family, we really appreciate it. And I can promise you one thing, our football team will be relentless. We have work to do, we’ve got something to prove. We’re gonna get it done, I’ll promise you that.”
— Michigan State Football (@MSU_Football) February 15, 2020
Tucker comes to Michigan State after spending one season as the head coach at Colorado. He was once a graduate assistant at MSU, serving in that role on Nick Saban’s staff in 1997 and 1998.
Michigan State is coming off a 7-6 campaign in 2019, which included a win over Wake Forest in the Pinstripe Bowl.