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Michigan State has begun the process of firing football coach Mel Tucker for cause.
The school released a statement Monday announcing its intention to terminate Tucker’s contract.
“With the support of the administration and the Board of Trustees, I have provided Mel Tucker with written notice of my intent to terminate his contract for cause,” said Michigan State athletic director, Alan Haller. “This notification process is required as part of his existing contract. The notice gives Tucker seven calendar days to respond and present reasons to me and the Acting President why he should not be terminated for cause. “
Tucker is in the third year of a 10-year, $95 million contract; however, the school would not have to pay him the remainder of his contract if he was terminated for cause.
A Title IX complaint was filed against Tucker in December 2022 by sexual assault prevention advocate Brenda Tracy, who claims Tucker sent her gifts, asked her if she would date him if he wasn’t married and masturbated without her consent during a phone call.
Tucker refuted the description of his relationship with Tracy, saying the two had a “mutually consensual and intimate relationship.”
Michigan State hired a third-party investigator to decide whether Tucker violated the school’s sexual misconduct policy. The investigator completed his report July 25, Haller said last week, and recommended that the school hold a hearing to decide whether Tucker violated any policy. This hearing is scheduled for the first week of October.
The Title IX process will continue, Haller said in a Monday statement.
The State of Michigan is investigating the source of a leak that led to Tracy’s identity being revealed as part of an investigation into her allegations.
Tucker was suspended without pay by the university on September 10. Secondary coach Harlon Barnett was promoted to interim coach before Saturday’s loss to No. 8 Washington. The Spartans host Maryland on Saturday.
Information from ESPN’s Dan Murphy was used in this report.