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.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.”