Michigan State has initiated the process to fire suspended football coach Mel Tucker with cause, the school announced Monday. Tucker was placed on administrative leave without pay earlier this month after it was revealed that he was the focal point of a university investigation into allegations of sexual harassment against rape survivor and activist Brenda Tracy. A formal hearing will begin Oct. 5 regardless of Tucker’s status as Michigan State’s coach.
“I, with the support of administration and board, have provided Mel Tucker with written notice of intent to terminate his contract for cause,” Michigan State athletic director Alan Haller said in a statement. “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.
“This action does not conclude the ongoing Office for Civil Rights case; that rigorous process will continue.”
Tucker, who is in his fourth season in East Lansing, was put on leave without pay on Sept. 12, one day after the allegations came to light. The investigation into Tucker’s alleged behavior stemmed from a complaint filed in December 2022 by Tracy, in which Tucker is accused of making sexually suggestive comments and masturbating while she “sat frozen for several minutes” during a phone call in April 2022. Tucker has called the allegations “completely false.”
An external investigation concluded in late…
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Author : Dean Straka
Publish date : 2023-09-18 20:38:42
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