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With championship blueprint, Mel Tucker sets out to revive Michigan State football

Mel Tucker spent 2019 as head coach at Colorado, where he went 5-7, after three seasons as Georgia defensive coordinator. Detroit Free Press

Before his first game at Colorado, before he had ever led a team onto the field at the college level, Mel Tucker was confident he had the blueprint to build a winner.

It was at Pac-12 Media Days last summer when Tucker took the stump to sell others on his prospects as new head coach.

“I've been in championship programs,” he said. “I know what it takes, the process, the steps …”

[ Michigan State football paid handsomely to avoiding a coaching search debacle.