Michigan State football coach search: 9 contenders to succeed Mel Tucker

Mel Tucker was fired as Michigan State's head football coach, prompting the search for a replacement.

Harlon Barnett will serve as the interim head coach for the 2023 season.

Alan Haller, the sports leader, will begin the process of finding a permanent replacement.

The firing comes just two years after Tucker's hiring with a lucrative 10-year, $95 million contract.

Tucker's dismissal resulted from sexual harassment claims, potentially costing him nearly $80 million.

Several possible prospects for the next head coach are being considered.

Barnett, an experienced coach, is the interim head coach and a strong candidate for the position.