With a huge top-10 rivalry win over Michigan this afternoon, the stock just went up for Michigan State head coach Mel Tucker.
After mounting a massive comeback victory over the unbeaten Wolverines in East Lansing, Tucker now has his team at 8-0 in just his second year with the program. And with this success, fans and analysts from around the college football world believe the 49-year-old coach could be on to bigger and better things in 2022.
Already linked to rumors involving the newly-opened LSU head coaching spot, Tucker’s name is now becoming one of the hottest options for the SEC gig.
Big win today for future LSU head coach Mel Tucker over future Las Vegas Raiders coach Jim Harbaugh.
— Bryan Fischer (@BryanDFischer) October 30, 2021
— Cameron Salerno (@cameronsalerno1) October 30, 2021
Mel Tucker to LSU, to assume the traditional Alabama-coach-in-waiting position.
— Marc Torrence (@marctorrence) October 30, 2021
LSU on line 1 for Mr. Tucker.
— Rob Oller (@rollerCD) October 30, 2021
— Josh Voight (@JoshVoightNews) October 30, 2021
Sparty is going crazy as Tucker to LSU is blowing up Twitter.
— chuck swirsky (@ctsbulls) October 30, 2021
There’s time for Mel Tucker to get down to LSU to prepare for Alabama next weekend, right?
— Larry Holder (@LarryHolder) October 30, 2021
not even saying it for the obvious reason but lsu should hand mel tucker a blank check
— Bill DiFilippo (@billdifilippo) October 30, 2021
After starting his Michigan State coaching career with a 2-5 record in 2020, Tucker has his unbeaten squad in College Football Playoff contention in 2021. With one of his two wins last season coming against the Wolverines in The Big House, Tucker is now the first coach in Michigan State program history to begin his career with a 2-0 start against Michigan.
LSU parted ways with national championship-winning head coach Ed Orgeron earlier this month — leaving one of the most attractive jobs in college sports wide open.
When asked about the Tigers’ coaching job earlier this week, Tucker did not deny his possible interest.
For now, Tucker and the Spartans will look to continue their unbeaten season with a win over Purdue next weekend.
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