"It's disappointing, but look, a coach is going to do what's best for he and his family", Colorado athletic director Rick George said.
"Leaving Colorado was the toughest thing that I've ever done in my career, in my life, actually", Tucker said Wednesday night.More news: Naseem Shah records a hat-trick, Pakistan tightens noose on Bangladesh
Tucker even tweeted out on Saturday that he was "committed to [Colorado] for #TheBuild of our program". His departure caught many by surprise, especially after he and George issued statements Saturday that seemed meant to quell speculation about him going to Michigan State.
Mel Tucker's strongest moments from a news conference that introduced him as the 25th football coach in Michigan State history came when he allowed himself to travel back in time, where it all began. He has also been meeting with alumni and donors to drum up support. "I believe he will do a tremendous job as the head coach of the Spartans", Saban said Wednesday in a statement.
Tucker coached in the National Football League for several years after leaving Ohio State.
"The head of the program changes, the expectations for the program don't". Prior to that, he was defensive coordinator at Georgia under Kirby Smart from 2016-18 and defensive backs coach under Nick Saban at Alabama in 2015. The Buffaloes finished one win shy of their second bowl game in 12 seasons. He spent 2005-08 with the Browns - the first three as defensive backs coach and the fourth as defensive coordinator. Tucker spent five games as the interim head coach of the Jaguars after Jack Del Rio was sacked in 2012.More news: Former Shanghai mayor appointed Party chief of China's Hubei Province
Dantonio retired with a 114-57 record over 13 years. But when MSU struck out on hiring Luke Fickell from Cincinnati, the school circled back to Tucker and offered him a contract that will reportedly double what he was earning in Boulder.
The Spartans slipped in recent years, going 7-6 records the past two seasons and barely being over.500 in the four seasons following their playoff appearance.
After turning down initial interest, it appears that Colorado coach Mel Tucker is headed to East Lansing after all. Saleh is a former Michigan State assistant who is now the defensive coordinator for the San Francisco 49ers and Shurmur, a former Spartans player and assistant, is offensive coordinator for the Denver Broncos.More news: Heres the truth about the Broom Challenge