Michigan State administration football coach Mel Tucker said Tuesday that he is "disappointed - but not surprised" that the administration plans to terminate him next week.
Tucker, who is facing a hearing on a sexual harassment charge filed by a notable rape survivor and activist, termed the entire process a "miscarriage of justice" in a statement posted through his agent,
Neil Cornrich. He said that the university is unconcerned about his rights or the truth. He also mentioned that he recently emailed Athletic Director Alan Haller "requesting
a medical leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act for a serious health condition." He did not elaborate on his health condition,
but he did say the request was sent "just days" before he received the university's notice of termination on Monday.
"I don't believe MSU intends to fire me because I admitted to an entirely consensual, private relationship with another adult who gave one presentation at MSU,
at my request, more than two years ago," he stated in the statement. "A cursory reading of the facts and timeline should lead any reasonable person to believe that other motivations are at work.
"Tucker, who is now suspended without pay and has $80 million remaining on his contract with MSU, has indicated that he will launch a lawsuit against the institution, noting "discovery,"