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state of michigan has begun the process of firing football coach Mel Tucker for cause amid a sexual harassment investigation.

MSU athletic director Alan Haller released a statement detailing the dismissal process.

“I, with the support of the administration and the board, have provided Mel Tucker with written notice of my intention to terminate his contract for cause. This notification process is required as part of his existing contract. The notice gives Tucker seven calendar days to respond and present to me and the acting president reasons why he should not be terminated for cause.”

The sexual harassment complaint was filed 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 had previously established a working relationship, with Tracy speaking to Tucker’s team twice and serving as an honorary captain in the Spartans spring game in April 2022.

Since the allegations became public on September 10, Tucker has been suspended without pay by the state of Michigan.

Tucker has denied any wrongdoing ahead of a university hearing on the matter, which begins Oct. 5.