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Sports Podcast: Michigan State's Mel Tucker on getting ready for October and Week 4 breakdown

20:01  28 september  2020
20:01  28 september  2020 Source:   usatoday.com

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With less than a month until Big Ten teams enter the regular season, Michigan State is getting ready to ramp up preseason workouts to prepare for its opener against Rutgers, coach Mel Tucker said on the newest episode of the Amway Coaches Poll podcast.

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Perhaps the only silver lining in Mel Tucker ' s "surprising" departure for Michigan State is that the entire country knows the CU Buffs "basically got hosed

Melvin Tucker II (born January 4 , 1972) is an American football coach and former player. He is currently the head football coach at Michigan State University. He was previously the head coach at the University of Colorado.

"Our players are actually in better shape now than when we started camp the first time, before the postponement," he said.

The Big Ten's initial decision to postpone in August prevented Michigan State and other teams from conducting a traditional fall camp. While there has been limited on-field activity, the Spartans have been able to focus on strength and conditioning, Tucker said.

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"When we got the green light to start back up again, we were ready to go."

The conference decided this month to schedule a regular season that begins on Oct. 24 and ends on Dec. 19, giving teams the potential to play nine games. Michigan State will face the normal list of opponents from the East division and add crossover games against Northwestern and Iowa.

Mel Tucker wearing a suit and tie: Mel Tucker speaks during an introductory news conference after being hired by Michigan State. © Al Goldis, AP Mel Tucker speaks during an introductory news conference after being hired by Michigan State.

Tucker was hired this offseason after spending one season in the same position at Colorado. He replaces longtime coach Mark Dantonio, who resigned in February as the school's all-time leader in career victories after 114 wins during his 13 seasons.

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The most difficult part of taking over a program in this environment? Beyond installing schemes and teaching Xs and Os, Tucker has needed to create relationships with players and coaches without being able to spend the past six months together in a traditional offseason.

"That's probably been the most challenging," he said. "It's not only connecting with the players, it's also connecting with the staff as well. We had to be very intentional in how we connect with our players."

This week's podcast also breaks down a wild Week 4 in college football and looks ahead to Week 5 and the start of October.

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Podcast: Michigan State's Mel Tucker on getting ready for October and Week 4 breakdown


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