Mel Tucker uses 'hymnal' analogy to describe relationship between MSU's basketball, football programs
After a wild 10-win campaign in Mel Tucker’s second season, Michigan State’s 1-2 punch of basketball and football is storming back.
The past few seasons were somewhat forgettable on both fronts in East Lansing. Last season, the Spartans slogged through Tucker’s first year during COVID-19.
On the hardwood, Tom Izzo and his group of Spartans had one of their worst seasons in over a decade. Fortunately, things are looking up for Michigan State.
Michigan State basketball is off to a 9-2 start to the 2021-22 season and is clicking in non-conference play. Izzo’s Spartans climbed 7 spots on the latest AP Poll and are now up to No. 12 nationally.
On the football field, Tucker led Michigan State to its first New Year’s Six Bowl since a 2015 appearance in the College Football Playoff. With the start of the early signing period, Tucker is also producing a big turnaround on the recruiting trail.
During Izzo’s Wednesday radio show, Tucker was asked about the relationship between the two athletic teams in East Lansing. According to reporter Chris Solari, Tucker used the idea of a hymnal to describe the close work of the programs.
Tucker says MSU is one of the few schools where the football and basketball programs are so close. “We’re reading from the same hymnals.”
— Chris Solari (@chrissolari) December 16, 2021
That’s definitely one way to put it. Now, it’s time to see if the Spartans can return to the Final Four under Izzo and make a CFP push under Tucker. Time will tell.