Mel Tucker‘s contract extension was the butt of the joke among the media after Michigan State lost 39-28 at Washington Saturday. The No. 11 Spartans suffered their first loss of the 2022 season as Washington quarterback and Indiana transfer Michael Penix Jr. lit up MSU’s defense, throwing for four touchdowns and leading the Huskies to a 3-0 start.
Tucker, who led Michigan State to an 11-2 record in 2021 and signed last November a new deal for 10 years, saw his Spartans go down 36-14 before scoring 14 fourth-quarter points.
“You learn about your team,” Tucker said, via SpartanTailgate. “You learn different things in these games. You see it. So guys are gonna have to learn from it. We run these plays in practice, and we feel good about our preparation. And then if it doesn’t go right in the game , then we have to decide is it correctable? Is it mental? Is it physical? Is it scheme-wise? And then we go to fix it. If we can get it cleaned up with better technique and better fundamentals, we’ll do that. If it’s a scheme issue, then we’ll have to fix that. If it’s a personnel issue, we’ll make those changes. We’ll just have to figure it out.”
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Where do Tucker and MSU go from here? Below is a sampling of the media reaction, including criticisms of Tucker.