MSU football coach Mel Tucker pictured Tuesday, March 14, 2023, during the first day of spring practice at the indoor football facilty in East Lansing.

Mel Tucker’s appeal denied, Michigan State closes investigation

Former Michigan State head football coach Mel Tucker had his appeal denied Thursday in the university’s sexual harassment investigation into his actions toward an activist and rape survivor.

Michigan State hired an outside attorney, Courtney Bullard, to hear Tucker’s challenge that the school’s resolution officer and an outside investigator exhibited bias against him in the process.

Bullard upheld the resolution officer’s decision, leading the university to consider the matter closed.

“Based on the facts outlined in the record, the (Resolution Officer) had a reasonable basis for each of the challenged findings,” Bullard wrote. “The RO’s Decision is upheld. This decision is final.”

Bullard denied Tucker’s assertion that there was no evidence of unwanted sexual contact with his accuser, Brenda Tracy.

Tucker was fired in September amid an investigation into sexual harassment allegations involving Tracy, a sexual assault awareness speaker.

While Field Level Media’s policy is not to name alleged victims of sexual harassment or assault, Tracy agreed to be identified last year when she provided documentation in an interview with USA Today.

The final verdict from the initial report said: “In sum, considering all available evidence, the Resolution Officer finds, by a preponderance of the evidence, that there is sufficient evidence to conclude that Respondent subjected Claimant to unwelcome conduct based on sex when he FaceTime video called Claimant without a shirt on; when he attempted to meet up with Claimant alone following the Spring Game; and when he non-consensually masturbated and used graphic, sexual language on a phone call with Claimant.”

Tucker appealed Michigan State’s ruling in October that he violated the university’s sexual misconduct policy, claiming not only a bias against him but also that new evidence would show he was being falsely accused.

Tucker provided texts and an affidavit from the cousin of Tracy’s late friend and booking assistant, claiming they would show Tracy was plotting to get money out of the accusation. But Bullard wrote that not only was the information submitted two weeks after Tucker’s hearing, it would not have affected the final decision.

“It’s been a 13 month long nightmare, but the MSU RVSM process is finally over,” Tracy wrote Thursday on X, formerly Twitter. “Tucker was found responsible for sexual harassment & exploitation and today his appeal was denied. Thank you to those who believed me and supported me through this. I appreciate you.”

Michigan State fired Tucker for cause, costing him about $80 million remaining on a 10-year contract he was given in November 2021.

Tucker had a 20-14 record as Michigan State coach. He was Big Ten Coach of the Year in 2021 when the Spartans went 11-2.

–Field Level Media

Penn State head football coach James Franklin looks around before walking off the field following a 24-15 loss to Michigan at Beaver Stadium Saturday, Nov. 11, 2023, in State College, Pa.

Drew Allar, No. 11 Penn State crush Michigan State

Drew Allar went 17-of-26 passing for 292 yards and two touchdowns to lead No. 11 Penn State to a 42-0 win over Michigan State in a Big Ten East contest played at Ford Field in Detroit.

Kaytron Allen rushed for 137 yards on 15 carries and Nicholas Singleton piled up 118 yards on 18 carries for Penn State (10-2, 7-2 Big Ten).

Michigan State ended its season at 4-8 overall and 2-7 in the conference.

The Nittany Lions dominated throughout, collecting 23 first downs to five for Michigan State, outgaining the Spartans, 586-68, and possessing the football for more than 36 minutes.

Penn State’s defense collected seven sacks.

Penn State scored on the first possession of the game, going 43 yards in 10 plays and taking a 3-0 lead on a 49-yard field goal by Alex Felkins.

With 12:11 to go in the second quarter, Felkins drilled a 30-yard field goal to give Penn State a 6-0 lead.

The Nittany Lions scored the first touchdown of the game with 4:51 left in the second quarter, going up 13-0 on a 2-yard touchdown pass from Allar to Allen to finish off a 10-play, 64-yard drive.

Penn State then took a 21-0 lead with 10:13 left in the third quarter on an 8-yard touchdown pass from backup quarterback Beau Primula to Tyler Warren and a subsequent 2-point pass from Allar to KeAndre Lambert-Smith.

The Nittany Lions went up 28-0 with 4:13 remaining in the third on a 2-yard touchdown run by Pribula.

The score was set up by a 60-yard pass from Allar to Omari Evans down to the Michigan State 2-yard line.

With 12:29 remaining in the game, Allar hit Theo Johnson for a 21-yard touchdown pass that gave Penn State a 35-0 lead.

Singleton scored on a 14-yard touchdown run with 7:58 left to make it 42-0 Nittany Lions.

–Field Level Media

A Michigan State fan in the stands during the second half of the Spartans' 49-0 loss to the Michigan Wolverines at Spartan Stadium in East Lansing on Saturday, Oct. 21, 2023.

Michigan State president issues statement on Hitler trivia incident

Michigan State interim president Teresa K. Woodruff issued a statement to the university community Sunday, apologizing for an incident involving the display of Adolf Hitler’s image on the Spartan Stadium scoreboard prior to the football team’s game with Michigan Saturday.

Hitler’s visage appeared in Spartan Stadium as part of a video trivia game that came from a third party, according to university officials.

Hitler was responsible for the genocide of approximately 6 million Jews.

Violence in Israel and Palestine has risen in recent days, as have antisemitic incidents.

“Dear Spartan Community,” Woodruff’s message read, “I am deeply sorry for the image displayed at Spartan Stadium, which made many of our community feel alienated and unsafe. It was unacceptable. I asked last evening for a full review of this university event and will take all necessary steps to align our messages and actions to our values.

“I will work with our Jewish community and every member of minoritized populations to ensure Spartans feel that this is a place where everyone can live, work, go to class and attend events that are welcoming.”

The day before, Michigan State Associate AD/Communications Matt Larson issued a statement that likewise promised review and changes going forward.

“MSU is aware that inappropriate content by a third-party source was displayed on the video board prior to the start of tonight’s football game,” his statement said. “We are deeply sorry for the content that was displayed, as this is not representative of our institutional values. MSU will not be using the third-party source going forward and will implement stronger screening and approval procedures for all video board content in the future.”

The Wolverines won Saturday’s game 49-0.

The Hitler trivia incident is the latest controversy surrounding Michigan State’s athletic department.

In late September, the university fired head football coach Mel Tucker due to sexual harassment allegations. Tucker allegedly engaged in inappropriate behavior with sexual assault survivor and awareness speaker Brenda Tracy.

Michigan State informer Tucker via letter that stated his actions with a female contractor (Tracy) left the university “subject to public disrespect and ridicule.”

Prior to the controversy with Tucker, the MSU athletic department was embroiled in the Larry Nassar abuse case, in which a sports doctor employed by the university was convicted of multiple counts of criminal sexual conduct.

–Field Level Media

Oct 7, 2023; Madison, Wisconsin, USA;  Rutgers Scarlet Knights quarterback Gavin Wimsatt (2) looks to throw a pass during the second quarter against the Wisconsin Badgers at Camp Randall Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

Rutgers not looking past mistake-prone Michigan State

Rutgers aims to move closer to bowl eligibility when it hosts mistake-prone Michigan State in Big Ten action on Saturday in Piscataway, N.J.

Rutgers (4-2, 1-2) opened league play with a 24-7 win over Northwestern on Sept. 3 and then took a 31-7 loss at No. 2 Michigan on Sept. 23. After rebounding with an easy 52-3 victory over visiting Wagner, the Scarlet Knights underwhelmed in last Saturday’s 24-13 loss at Wisconsin.

Rutgers trailed 17-0 at halftime before Aaron Young caught a 10-yard touchdown pass from Evan Simon early in the third quarter. Simon was filling in for Gavin Wimsatt, who threw a 95-yard pick-6 just before halftime and was briefly in the medical tent.

Wimsatt returned to throw an 11-yard TD to Ian Strong late in the fourth and is expected to start Saturday against Michigan State (2-3, 0-2).

Rutgers coach Greg Schiano said his team shouldn’t look past the struggling Spartans despite an upcoming date with No. 3 Ohio State.

“To me, every game is you give it every single thing you’ve got,” Schiano said. “If you start looking at this game is more important than that game, if I coach different against Wagner than I did against Wisconsin, then shame on me, they should get rid of me. The preparation is the same. The attitude’s the same. The focus is the same.

“That’s what professionals do, and that’s what I fully expect from our staff every week. This is a big game. It’s a Big Ten game. They are all big.”

Michigan State has been outscored 98-32 in its three-game losing streak, capped by a 26-16 setback at Iowa in its most recent game on Sept. 30.

The Spartans had a six-point lead early in the third but gave up the final 16 points, including a 70-yard punt return touchdown. Noah Kim was intercepted three times, prompting a potential change at quarterback this week to either Katin Houser or Sam Leavitt.

The Spartans have committed nine turnovers in their past two games and 12 overall.

“We have to cut down on our turnovers,” interim coach Harlon Barnett said. “If we do that, we win the previous two games actually because we outgained them in yards and time of possession but that turnover battle is what got us.”

–Field Level Media

Michigan State's head coach Mel Tucker looks on during the first quarter in the game against Indiana on Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022, at Spartan Stadium in East Lansing.

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Mel Tucker’s lawyer offers ‘new evidence’ to Michigan State

A lawyer for former Michigan State football coach Mel Tucker presented “new evidence” to the school Thursday in the form of a 106-page letter.

Michigan State fired Tucker last month after an investigation into sexual harassment allegations involving a sexual assault awareness speaker, Brenda Tracy.

Attorney Jennifer Z. Belveal sent the letter to the university’s interim president, Dr. Teresa Woodruff, and the board of trustees just before an administrative hearing into the misconduct allegations against Tucker began on Thursday morning.

The letter claims that Tucker’s accuser “appears to have made a career out of misleading and manipulating people.”

It also says Tracy “manipulated a key witness” and “deleted key evidence” when she filed her formal complaint against Tucker in December 2022.

Tracy’s attorney did not respond to a request for comment from ESPN.

Tucker, 51, did not attend Thursday’s hearing due to an undisclosed medical condition, according to his representatives.

At stake for Tucker is the $79 million he had remaining on his contract when the school fired him on Sept. 27. The university said Tucker violated his contract’s moral turpitude clause and brought ridicule upon the school with his actions, including what Tracy said was an unwanted phone sex encounter.

Tucker was hired in February 2020.

The Spartans (2-3, 0-2 Big Ten) have lost all three games since elevating defensive backs coach Harlon Barnett to interim head coach.

–Field Level Media

Sep 9, 2023; Durham, North Carolina, USA;  Duke Blue Devils head coach Mike Elko looks on before the game against the Lafayette Leopards at Wallace Wade Stadium. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports

Take 5: Ranking Michigan State’s top options to replace Mel Tucker

Chaos is in full swing in East Lansing, Mich., before the calendar hits October.

Michigan State is a double-digit underdog at Iowa on Saturday after officially firing coach Mel Tucker this week. While Tucker was on administrative leave, the Spartans lost their first two games against Power 5 schools this season by a combined score of 72-16.

If there’s a silver lining — and you have to look deep with Tucker planning to file a wrongful termination lawsuit — it’s that athletic director Alan Haller can get a head start on finding his replacement.

Here are five candidates the Spartans might put at the top of their wish list:

5. Charles Huff (Marshall head coach)
Huff made national headlines when the Thundering Herd upset Notre Dame last season when the Irish were ranked No. 8. He has a 19-10 record at Marshall in his third season, but also boasts ties to Nick Saban, having served as Alabama’s running backs coach from 2019-20. Just 40 years old, Huff spent four seasons on James Franklin’s staff at Penn State and is considered an up-and-coming coach who is likely to land a Power 5 gig sooner than later.

4. Sean Lewis (Colorado offensive coordinator)
The former Kent State head coach is only 37 years old and has received plenty of national attention while running Deion Sanders’ offense in Boulder. Though the Spartans have a reputation for preferring defensive-minded coaches, the game is changing with the transfer portal and several more powerhouse programs set to join the Big Ten next year. Lewis would bring recruiting credibility – especially in the transfer portal if the Spartans are seeking a quick turnaround.

3. Lance Leipold (Kansas head coach)
Leipold built a Division III powerhouse at Wisconsin-Whitewater, where he won six national titles, before moving on to Buffalo and winning two MAC Coach of the Year awards. The 59-year-old got his first crack with a Power 5 program at lowly Kansas, where he is in the midst of performing another remarkable turnaround with the Jayhawks off to a 4-0 start after the program’s first bowl game appearance last year since 2008. The Spartans would face a few significant hurdles if they choose to pursue Leipold — beginning with a buyout of more than $12 million. Leipold, whose contract runs through 2029, said this week that he has work left to do at Kansas.

2. Mike Tressel (Wisconsin defensive coordinator)
For an embattled program like MSU, a respected connection to the past could be very appealing. Tressel, the nephew of former Ohio State coach Jim Tressel, was on the Spartans’ defensive staff for 14 years and took over as the interim head coach after Mark Dantonio’s retirement. He stayed on when Tucker was hired before leaving to join Luke Fickell’s staff with Cincinnati in 2021. Tressel followed him to Wisconsin this year.

1. Mike Elko (Duke head coach)
Elko is one of the hottest names in coaching circles as he continues to guide the Blue Devils to remarkable success after earning ACC Coach of the Year honors in his debut season in 2022. Duke is 13-4 under Elko after going a combined 10-25 in the three seasons before he arrived. Duke upset Clemson to open this season and Elko’s status will continue to rise if the Blue Devils can knock off Notre Dame, where he served as the Irish’s defensive coordinator in 2017, on Saturday. The quick success is a tribute to Elko’s ability to work the transfer portal, and Michigan State could find plenty of competition for the 46-year-old — if Elko is even open to leaving Raleigh after just two seasons.

There are numerous potential candidates for the Spartans to assess. Tops among them could be Oregon State’s Jonathan Smith and Washington State’s Jake Dickert, who both have their teams ranked in the top 25 for programs that face an uncertain future as the lone remaining members of the Pac-12 in 2024 as of now.

One coach who apparently won’t be under consideration for Haller is Kansas State’s Chris Klieman, who said in an interview with Sirius XM this week that he “will not be a candidate for that job” when asked about Michigan State.

–Field Level Media

Michigan State head coach Mel Tucker watches a play against Central Michigan from the sideline during the second half at Spartan Stadium in East Lansing on Friday, Sept. 1, 2023.

Mel Tucker plans wrongful termination lawsuit against Michigan State

Mel Tucker’s attorney informed Michigan State on Thursday that Tucker will file a wrongful termination lawsuit against the university.

Michigan State officially fired Tucker for cause on Wednesday following a months-long investigation into sexual harassment allegations. The university said in a letter that his actions with a female contractor left it “subject to public disrespect and ridicule.”

Tucker’s attorney, Jennifer Belveal, responded Thursday by requesting that the school prepare records pertaining to all members of the athletic department and other university employees, “in anticipation of litigation.”

Michigan State’s investigation alleged that Tucker, 51, sexually harassed Brenda Tracy, a sexual assault survivor and activist, during what she has characterized as unwanted phone sex in April 2022.

While Field Level Media’s policy is not to name alleged victims of sexual harassment or assault, Tracy agreed to be identified in a USA Today interview and provided hundreds of pages of documentation.

According to Tucker’s attorneys, Tucker and Tracy had “an entirely mutual, private event between two adults living at opposite ends of the country” and Tucker has said the investigation contained “an ulterior motive designed to terminate my contract.”

Wednesday’s termination letter, signed by athletic director Alan Haller, said Tucker’s 25-page response to the allegations did “not provide any information that refutes or undermines the multiple grounds for termination for cause set forth” in the notice to terminate. Instead, Haller said the response “provides a litany of excuses for your inappropriate behavior while expressly admitting to the problematic conduct outlined” in the notice.

Belveal called Tucker’s firing an “illegal termination” in Thursday’s letter. She requested Michigan State retain all phone and computer records as well as physical files from athletic department employees, the general counsel’s office and all board of trustees members.

Tucker was one of the highest-paid coaches in college football, signing a 10-year, $95 million contract before the 2022 season. The contract would have been fully guaranteed had the school fired Tucker for performance.

However, it contains a clause that allows Michigan State to fire him, without payment, if he engages in “conduct which, in the University’s reasonable judgment, would tend to bring public disrespect, contempt or ridicule on the University,” according to USA Today.

Harlon Bennett has served as the Spartans’ interim head coach since Tucker was initially suspended without pay Sept. 10. The team has lost both games under Bennett so far.

–Field Level Media

Michigan State football's acting head coach Harlon Barnett leaves the podium after his first press conference since taking over for suspended coach Mel Tucker on Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2023, at Spartan Stadium in East Lansing.

Michigan State fires football coach Mel Tucker

Michigan State fired football coach Mel Tucker on Wednesday, sending him a letter that stated his actions with a female contractor left the university “subject to public disrespect and ridicule.”

The school gave Tucker written notice last week that it planned to terminate his contract for cause.

Tucker was suspended without pay on Sept. 10 following a months-long investigation into sexual harassment allegations.

Tucker, whose attorneys have called the university’s findings “flimsy,” was hired in February 2020.

Michigan State’s investigation alleged that Tucker, 51, sexually harassed Brenda Tracy, a sexual assault survivor and awareness speaker, during what she has characterized as unwanted phone sex in April 2022.

While Field Level Media’s policy is not to name alleged victims of sexual harassment or assault, Tracy agreed to be identified in a USA Today interview and provided hundreds of pages of documentation.

According to Tucker’s attorneys, Tucker and Tracy had “an entirely mutual, private event between two adults living at opposite ends of the country” and Tucker has said the investigation contained “an ulterior motive designed to terminate my contract.”

The termination letter, signed by athletic director Alan Haller, said Tucker’s 25-page response to the allegations did “not provide any information that refutes or undermines the multiple grounds for termination for cause set forth” in the notice to terminate. Instead, Haller said the response “provides a litany of excuses for your inappropriate behavior while expressly admitting to the problematic conduct outlined” in the notice.

Tucker, the 2021 Big Ten Coach of the Year, guided the Spartans to a 20-14 record, including a 2-0 start this season.

Tucker was one of the highest-paid coaches in college football, signing a 10-year, $95 million contract before the 2022 season. The contract would have been fully guaranteed had the school fired Tucker for performance.

However, it contains a clause that allows Michigan State to fire him, without payment, if he engages in “conduct which, in the University’s reasonable judgment, would tend to bring public disrespect, contempt or ridicule on the University,” according to USA Today.

The Spartans (2-2, 0-1 Big Ten) have lost both games since defensive backs coach Harlon Barnett took over as their interim head coach. They play at Iowa on Saturday.

–Field Level Media

Mel Tucker looks on during a Michigan State game against Central Michigan on Sept. 1, 2023.

Mel Tucker’s attorneys blast MSU’s investigation, intent to fire coach

Attorneys representing suspended Michigan State football coach Mel Tucker on Monday sent a letter to the university, laying out their assertion that administrators prematurely jumped to conclusions and that the university has no grounds to fire their client.

The letter comes a week after Michigan State announced its intent to fire Tucker for cause following its investigation into allegations Tucker sexually harassed Brenda Tracy, a sexual assault survivor and awareness speaker, during unwanted phone sex in April 2022. The university provided Tucker seven days to respond to the notification last Monday.

While Field Level Media’s policy is not to name alleged victims of sexual harassment or assault, Tracy agreed to be identified in a USA Today interview and provided hundreds of pages of documentation.

Calling the university’s findings in its investigation “flimsy,” attorneys from the firm Foley & Lardner LLP made the following assertions in its letter:

–The phone sex between Tucker and Tracy was consensual (a claim Tucker has repeatedly made since the allegations came to light).

–The university has no jurisdiction to investigate — let alone discipline — Tucker over a private phone call.

–The university and Tracy broke confidentiality by disclosing the details of the 1,200-page investigation.

–The university announced the intent to fire Tucker more than seven months after first learning of Tracy’s allegations and before fully completing its investigation, violating Tucker’s right to due process.

Last Tuesday, Tucker himself replied to the university’s notice, stating much of what his attorneys stated in their letter.

“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 is one of the highest-paid coaches in college football, signing a 10-year, $95 million contract before the 2022 season. The contract is fully guaranteed if the school fires Tucker for performance.

However, it contains a clause that allows Michigan State to fire him, without payment, if he engages in “conduct which, in the University’s reasonable judgment, would tend to bring public disrespect, contempt or ridicule on the University,” according to USA Today.

Michigan State suspended Tucker without pay Sept. 10 amid its months-long investigation into his conduct with Tracy. Tucker said he helped bring Tracy, a prominent activist for sexual misconduct prevention, to campus in 2021 and they developed a friendship that grew intimate over time. Tucker said he was estranged from his wife “for a long time” by that point.

Tucker confirmed he had a “late-night intimate conversation” with Tracy in April 2022. While he said it was mutual and Tracy initiated the call, Tracy contends that Tucker “made sexual comments about her and masturbated” during that call and she had not consented.

Tucker, 51, is in his fourth season as head coach of the Spartans. His overall record at Michigan State is 20-14 after a 5-7 season in 2022.

–Field Level Media

Oct 1, 2022; College Park, Maryland, USA; Michigan State Spartans head coach Mel Tucker reacts during the first half against the Maryland Terrapins  at Capital One Field at Maryland Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

Michigan State to fire Mel Tucker for cause

Michigan State intends to fire Mel Tucker for cause, sending the embattled head coach a written notice Monday that he will be relieved of his duties.

Tucker has seven days to contest the decision. Even with Monday’s decision, Michigan State intends to continue an investigation of the situation through its office of civil rights.

“I, with the support of the administration and board, have provided Mel Tucker with written notice of intent to terminate his contract for cause,” Michigan State athletic director Alan Haller said in a statement. “This notification process is required as part of his existing contract. The notice provides Tucker with seven calendar days to respond and present reasons to me and the interim president as to why he should not be terminated for cause.”

The move comes a week after Tucker released a lengthy statement through his lawyer defending himself against allegations that he sexually harassed a rape survivor.

Tucker said he and Brenda Tracy had “an entirely mutual, private event between two adults living at opposite ends of the country” and said the investigation contained “an ulterior motive designed to terminate my contract.”

Tucker is one of the highest-paid coaches in college football, signing a 10-year, $95 million contract before the 2022 season. The contract is fully guaranteed if the school fires Tucker for performance.

However, it contains a clause that allows Michigan State to fire him, without payment, if he engages in “conduct which, in the University’s reasonable judgment, would tend to bring public disrespect, contempt or ridicule on the University,” according to USA Today.

Tucker was suspended without pay Sept. 10 amid a months-long investigation into his conduct with Tracy, who told USA Today that the coach crossed the line during an April 28, 2022 telephone call. While Field Level Media’s policy is not to name alleged victims of sexual harassment or assault, Tracy agreed to be identified in her USA Today interview and provided hundreds of pages of documentation.

Tucker said he helped bring Tracy, a prominent activist for sexual misconduct prevention, to campus in 2021 and they developed a friendship that grew intimate over time. Tucker said he was estranged from his wife “for a long time” by that point.

“Even the investigator hired by the University found that we had a ‘personal relationship’ and that we shared ‘deeply personal and private information with each other,’” Tucker said. “Ms. Tracy encouraged our personal relationship by inviting and accepting gifts from me. During the investigation, Ms. Tracy admitted requesting and accepting my gift of expensive athletic shoes, a $200 Venmo payment and a personal contribution to her non-profit.”

Tucker confirmed he had a “late-night intimate conversation” with Tracy in April 2022. While he said it was mutual and Tracy initiated the call, Tracy contends that Tucker “made sexual comments about her and masturbated” during that call and she had not consented.

“She initiated the discussion that night, sent me a provocative picture of the two of us together, suggested what she may look like without clothes, and never once during the 36 minutes did she object in any manner, much less hang up the phone,” Tucker claimed.

A hearing had been set for Oct. 5-6 to decide whether he violated school policy about sexual harassment, which the coach has criticized as being designed for student infractions only.

“The sham ‘hearing’ scheduled for October 5-6 is ridiculously flawed and not designed to arrive at the truth,” Tucker claimed, saying that neither Tracy nor her witnesses are required to testify under oath and his side cannot present evidence of his innocence.

Tucker said he had been “ripped from the team that I love, without any meaningful opportunity to tell my side of the story other than this press release.”

Tucker, 51, is in his fourth season as head coach of the Spartans. His overall record at Michigan State is 20-14 after a 5-7 season in 2022.

Defensive backs coach Harlon Barnett served as Michigan State head coach Saturday during the Spartans’ 41-7 loss to Washington. Former coach Mark Dantonio advised Barnett as an associate head coach.

–Field Level Media