Content warning: This story contains graphic language of a sexual nature.
MSU athletic director Alan Haller released a statement detailing the firing process.
“I, with the support of administration and board, have provided Mel Tucker with written notice of intent to terminate his contract for cause. 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.”
Michigan State has announced it has begun the process of firing coach Mel Tucker for cause. pic.twitter.com/FTYpTMvDhW— Pete Thamel (@PeteThamel) September 18, 2023
Tucker has claimed his relationship with Brenda Tracy is a personal matter.— Chris Vannini (@ChrisVannini) September 18, 2023
MSU says it falls under university policy because she's a vendor for the school. pic.twitter.com/65IRyGSk6h
The sexual harassment complaint was made by Brenda Tracy, a sexual assault survivor who frequently works with sports teams on training related to sexual violence.
Tucker allegedly masturbated during a phone call with Tracy while making lewd comments about her on April 28, 2022. The pair previously had established a working relationship, with Tracy speaking to Tucker’s team twice and serving as an honorary captain at the Spartans’ spring game in April 2022.
Since the allegations became public on Sept. 10, Tucker has been suspended without pay by Michigan State.
Tucker has denied any wrongdoing ahead of a university hearing on the matter, which begins on Oct. 5.