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Following report of Tucker's Title IX investigation, community reacts

September 10, 2023
<p>Shirt left outside the Hannah Administration Building on Sep. 10, 2023 following news of investigation into Mel Tucker. </p>

Shirt left outside the Hannah Administration Building on Sep. 10, 2023 following news of investigation into Mel Tucker.

Photo by Owen McCarthy | The State News

Michigan State head football coach Mel Tucker is undergoing a Title IX investigation after rape survivor and advocate, Brenda Tracy, accused him of making sexually explicit comments and non-consensually masturbating over the phone, according to a USA Today Report

After the report was published Sunday morning, many members of the public are demanding for Tucker to be reprimanded and removed from his position

An anonymous member of MSU’s class of ‘89 left a sweatshirt and handwritten note in front of the Hannah Administration Building. The shirt, which has the popular "Tuck Comin'" slogan used by many football fans on the front, has been written over in a statement that reads, "Yes, we all know. Now please make Tuck go!" 

The note left on top of the shirt urged the university to take action against Tucker. 

"I love MSU, but lately it's hard to love my school," the anonymous letter stated. "Please do the right thing and and fire Tuck. Let's not have another Nassar."

In the face of the allegations, some are calling for Tucker to be immediately suspended. Publisher of Spartan Illustrated, David Harns, is among them. 

Other Twitter Users want Tucker to be fired from Michigan State Athletics, claiming that the Spartan Stadium will be empty for this Saturday’s game against Washington if action is not taken before then

Some are calling for the termination of Tucker’s contract, which awarded him $95 million and 10 years with Michigan State Football

According to the USA Today report, Michigan State University has been aware of the allegations for over a year after Tracy filed the report in December of 2022. A Twitter user is predicating Tucker’s firing, but claims that MSU should have taken action sooner

Some are concerned that the allegations will be used when discussing rivalries this football season, and ask that people see that this situation is larger than the feud

MSU has previously come under scrutiny for the university’s handling of the ex-MSU doctor Larry Nassar case. Some are concerned that MSU will repeat its actions

Tucker's case has been referred to a hearing, which will take place in October.  

Reporter Owen McCarthy contributed to the contents of this article. 

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