LANSING, MICHIGAN: American football coach Mel Tucker is facing the possibility of being fired from Michigan State University without compensation. The decision to terminate Tucker’s contract comes after allegations of misconduct were raised against him involving Brenda Tracy, an activist and rape survivor. According to the Daily Mail, the university announced the decision on Monday, September 18, giving Tucker seven days to respond and present reasons why he should not be terminated for cause.
If Tucker fails to provide sufficient reasons to dispute the allegations and the multiple contract violations, he will be fired on September 26. As one of the highest-paid coaches in college football history, Tucker is currently in the third year of his $95 million, 10-year contract. If he is fired for cause, Michigan State University will not be obligated to pay him the remaining amount on his deal.
Tucker has been married to his wife, Jo-Ellyn Tucker, for over 20 years. The couple is currently estranged. Jo-Ellyn, a former practicing attorney, holds a BA in English from the University of Illinois and a Juris Doctor from Rutgers Law School. She is actively involved in various community organizations, serving as a board member of the Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Capital Region and the Capital Area Humane Society.
The couple met during Tucker’s time as a law student at Rutgers. Tucker spoke highly of his wife, describing her as someone who tells it like it is. They got married around 2000 and have two sons together.
Regarding the allegations against Tucker, Brenda Tracy claims that he sexually harassed her over a phone call in April 2022. Tracy filed a complaint with the university’s Title IX office, and the investigation was completed in July. Tucker denies the allegations and asserts that he had a consensual “phone sex” conversation with Tracy. A hearing related to the case is scheduled for the week of October 5, where it will be determined if Tucker violated the school’s sexual harassment and exploitation policy.
Upon the publication of the allegations, Michigan State University suspended Tucker without pay, pending the resolution of the Title IX case. Interim President Teresa Woodruff stated that the suspension is necessary and appropriate given the circumstances.
In conclusion, Mel Tucker, the American football coach at Michigan State University, is facing termination without compensation following misconduct allegations raised by Brenda Tracy. The university has given him a deadline to respond and defend himself against the multiple contract violations. If fired for cause, Tucker will not receive the remaining amount on his lucrative contract. His wife, Jo-Ellyn Tucker, is a former attorney and active community leader. The allegations against Tucker will be determined in a hearing scheduled for October.