It’s been a rough season for Michigan State football and Mel Tucker’s latest loss puts his tenure under a microscope.
It was hard to not have expectations with Michigan State football. They were coming off an 11-2 season that included a win over Michigan and a New Year’s Six Bowl win.
As a fan, I thought Mel Tucker had arrived as one of the premier head coaches in college football. I bought in to the ‘chop life’ and all the other cheesy sayings.
— MSU Chief of Propaganda (@OdellBretthamJr) November 13, 2022
As the season has rolled along, my expectations have dwindled. I accepted that I was naïve thinking they’d net the same results without Kenneth Walker III in the backfield.
I was naïve thinking they’d be able to compete at the top of the Big Ten with the talent level they have.
After a 3-5 start and being outclassed on the field by many teams, bowl eligibility didn’t seem possible.
Going on the road and beating a really good Illinois team was a pleasant surprise. Suddenly, the path to bowl eligibility was there.
Take care of business against two programs facing an identity crisis. Then you have a chance to go to Happy Valley with a chance to upset a top-15 Penn State team.
That feeling came to a screeching halt today. As a fan, I haven’t felt this dead inside since the 2016 season.
I’ll accept a lot of things.
I’ll accept that Tucker needs time to get his recruits on the field. I’ll accept the talent level of the current team isn’t that great. I’ll accept a step back.
MSU just lost a game in 2022 against a QB who completed 2 passes for 31 yards
— Isaac (@WorldofIsaac) November 19, 2022
I won’t accept blowing a 17-point lead in the second half to a 3-7 Indiana team. I won’t accept a coaching staff that essentially took their headsets off halfway through a game. I won’t accept mismanagement of a clock from a head coach that’s getting paid over $9 million a year. I won’t accept a kicking game that’s worse than a JV high school football team.
This game gave me John L. Smith-era vibes. That’s a category you don’t want to be in with this fanbase.
Tucker is officially under a microscope. Excuses are done.
Cute slogans and re-branding a program only goes so far. Talking about being a big-time program only goes so far.
The reality is that talk is cheap. Results on the field matter. Getting to a bowl game matters.
I don’t know about you, but I’ll be watching Michigan State with a much different perspective going forward.