Despite Mel Tucker denying all claims that he sexually harassed a rape survivor and assault awareness speaker, Michigan State University (MSU) says it intends to fire him for cause.
However, the football coach says that “other motives are at play,” and he is “disappointed — but not surprised” by the university’s decision.
“Let’s be clear. I don’t believe MSU plans to fire me because I admitted to an entirely consensual, private relationship with another adult who gave one presentation at MSU, at my behest, over two years ago,” Tucker wrote Tuesday in a lengthy statement.
Tucker says the university did an “about-face,” knowing about the reasons it intends to fire him for cause since at least March. But the school decided that the grounds of the complaint warranted termination once the information was leaked.
Tucker is owed $79 million on the 10-year contract he signed in 2021, so firing him for cause will save the school all of that money.