College Football: Michigan State, Mel Tucker Agree To 10 Year, $95M Extension

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The Michigan State Spartans and football head coach Mel Tucker have completed a 10-year, $95 million contract extension, per Matt Charboneau of the Detroit News.

Word that the deal is in the works has been in the news for a week. Last Wednesday, Inside the Locker Room podcast hosts Brian Mosallam and Jason Strayhorn (h/t the Detroit Free PressChris Solari and David Jesse) reported that MSU alumni Mat Ishbia and Steve St. Andre would provide private funding for the deal. University sources confirmed that news to Solari and Jesse.

Per Charboneau, private funding takes care of the "bulk of the contract."

According to the USA Today college football coach salary database, this deal would make Tucker the second-highest-paid college football coach behind only Alabama's Nick Saban ($9.753 million). Tucker's robust annual average value makes him one of the richest coaches in the country across all American sports.

Stewart Mandel @slmandel

Michigan State coach Mel Tucker’s new $9.5 million salary makes him one of the 11 highest-paid coaches *in all of American sports* per @Sportico data.

He is tied with Steve Kerr.

The deal also makes Tucker the highest-paid Black head coach in American sports, per Charboneau.

Tucker's 2021 season is the second year of a five-season deal that would pay him just under $5.5 million per campaign.

Under his guidance, the Spartans went 2-5 last year before bouncing back with a 9-2 overall mark (6-2 Big Ten) this season.

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MSU started the 2021 campaign 8-0, earning the No. 3 spot in the initial College Football Playoff ranking. The Spartans have since lost to Purdue, beaten Maryland and fallen to Ohio State, and they rank No. 12 in the nation.

Tucker, who turns 50 years old in January, joined Michigan State after one year at Colorado, where he led the Buffaloes to a 5-7 record. His resume includes stops with three NFL teams as their defensive coordinator (Cleveland Browns, Chicago Bears, Jacksonville Jaguars).

He was also an assistant head coach/defensive backs coach for Alabama in 2015 and Georgia's defensive coordinator/defensive backs coach from 2016 to 2018.

Source : https://bleacherreport.com/articles/10018479-mel-tucker-michigan-state-reportedly-agree-to-10-year-95m-contract

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