(WXYZ) — Mel Tucker said his Michigan State team stayed ready, preparing for a season through Big Ten decisions.
"We always knew we wanted to play, and we always knew at some point that we would be able to play," he said.
The Spartans found out this week their season will begin the weekend of October 24. The Big Ten reversed its decision from August, when it postponed fall sports until the spring.
Tucker admitted he found out last week there was a good chance they'd be back playing this fall.
“I'm excited that our fans will get a chance to enjoy Spartan football again, even though they won't be in the stadium," Tucker said Thursday. "They’ll still be able to support us and see what we have, and our plan is to put our best foot forward week in and week out.”
Tucker took over in February, and while his debut as MSU's head coach was delayed, he promises he's been preparing his team for anything.
“Uncertainty is part of the norm, and I believe you have to be comfortable being uncomfortable. We deal with it day-by-day as things come. We don't try to get into the hypotheticals of ‘What if this?’ or ‘What if that?’"