No, I don’t want to have to keep talking about the ugly situation between a handful of Michigan State football players and two Michigan players but thankfully Mel Tucker took a step in the right direction when it comes to putting it to bed.
The Spartans’ head coach tweeted right after the game and the tunnel scuffle that he will be complying with the Big Ten and law enforcement when it comes to the incident.
Tucker clearly wasted no time in suspending the players he felt were responsible for the incident in the tunnel: Zion Young, Angelo Grose, Khary Crump, and Tank Brown.
He announced the move on Sunday night.
This type of accountability is refreshing to see.
Mel Tucker doing just what Michigan State football needs
While Tucker is getting paid to win games for Michigan State, he’s also being paid to be a leader of young men. So you know dang well that he was sick to his stomach when he heard what happened in the tunnel after the game. He probably never thought he’d have to suspend four of his own players (including two starters) after the game.
But he took accountability and showed from the jump that this type of behavior won’t be tolerated at Michigan State.
We’re still going to see rival fans manufacture a “culture problem” under Tucker for the actions of a few guys, but he repaired that image fairly quickly with these suspensions.
It’s still a black eye on the school, but it’s great to have a coach who doesn’t tolerate that.
There will be Michigan State fans who believe that Mel shouldn’t have “given in to the angry mob” and there’ll be Michigan fans who want these guys kicked off the team. In the end, he made the correct call with the suspension and it’s one that represents the university well.
Good on you, Mel.