With spring practice in the books and the semester winding down, it’s a relatively light time of year for Mel Tucker’s schedule. The third-year Michigan State coach took a little time to come on the 247Sports College Football Daily Podcast, which was published Monday.
Tucker spoke with host Carl Reed — a 247Sports college football analyst and former high school coach at St. Louis-area powers Lutheran North and De Smet Jesuit — for roughly 15 minutes on a variety of topics. You can listen to the full episode here or on various podcast platforms.
Everything Tucker said, including his views on the transfer portal, NIL, MSU’s spring ball and more, is below:
ON HIS VIEW OF THE TRANSFER PORTAL
“We approach the portal very similar to like how we approached the draft and free agency when I was in the NFL for 10 years. You want to build through the draft, but you’re gonna use free agency to your advantage to fill some immediate needs or get a proven commodity, a difference-maker, things like that. That’s how we look at (the) portal. We want to build through the high school ranks, but we’re gonna go to the portal to complement our roster. We haven’t been in the portal as much this year as we were a year ago.
“I think it can be good for the players … if they’re making good decisions, if they go into the portal for the right seasons, and if they have a plan when they go in. It’s important for guys to understand, hey, when you go in the portal, what’s the process? What are you lookoing to do? Where are you looking to go? Why are you in the portal? And make sure there’s very, very realistic, have good information, and be truthful and honest about what the situation really is or is not. If players can do that, I believe the portal can work for them.