Mel Tucker to be Offered $95 Million, 10-Year Contract from Michigan State

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EAST LANSING, November 19, 2021 ~ Mel Tucker will be presented with a 10-year, $95 million contract to remain as the Michigan State University (MSU) Head Football Coach, according to sources.

If Tucker accepts, he will be the highest-paid coach in the Big Ten, and the second-highest paid coach in the country; only University of Alabama Head Football Coach Nick Saban is paid more.

With job openings at Louisiana State University, and University of Southern California, among others, experts are speculating the high-figured contract was an incentive to get Tucker to stay. However, Tucker himself said he did not have any intentions to leave yet.

Michigan State is a special place,” said Tucker to 760 WJR’s Steve Courtney. “And we are building something special here. Go Green.”


November 19. 2021 ~ MSU Football Coach Mel Tucker talks to Steve Courtney about this weekend’s big game in Columbus against Ohio State and he says the Spartans are ready for the Buckeyes.

The high salary will come in part from contributions from MSU Alumni Mat Ishbia and Steve St. Andre, university sources confirm.

Some are skeptical about the move, and believe Tucker does not have enough experience to elicit such a high-paying long-term contract. Mel Tucker is currently in his third season as a head coach, and still has Ohio State, and Penn State to face this season. His overall record is 16-13.

It is not clear if MSU’s assistant coaches will increase under the new contract.