EAST LANSING, Mich. (Michigan News Source) – Michigan State University is preparing to terminate the contract of suspended head football coach Mel Tucker on September 26.
MSU’s Vice President and Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Alan Haller said the school is preparing to terminate Tucker’s contract.
“I, with the support of administration and board, have provided Mel Tucker with written notice of intent to terminate his contract for cause,” Haller said in a press release. “This notification process is required as part of his existing contract. The notice provides Tucker with seven calendar days to respond and present reasons to me and the interim president as to why he should not be terminated for cause.”
The “for cause” part of the contract means MSU will not be responsible for paying Tucker the remainder of his $95 million contract.
Haller clarified that the ongoing Office for Civil Rights investigation will continue. Last week, rape survivor Brenda Tracy’s name splashed across headlines nationwide after she said she filed a Title IX case against Tucker in December 2022 for sexual harassment. Tracy and her organization, Set the Expectation, worked with Tucker in the wake of the Larry Nasser scandal to try and change the culture at MSU.
Tracy said their friendship took a turn in April 2022 when he masturbated on a phone call with her. Tucker claims it was consensual phone sex.
MSU concluded its investigation on July 25 and had set a hearing for Tucker on October 5.