By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
He reached a 10-year agreement with the school that runs through the 2031 season. He will receive $95 million with this agreement.
Tucker is now officially off the market. He had been linked to the LSU Tigers job that has been open since October when the LSU administration decided to enter into a separation agreement with Ed Orgeron.
This deal makes Tucker one of the highest-paid college football coaches. This contract is fully guaranteed.
“Every day I wake up feeling humbled to be the Head Football Coach at Michigan State,” Tucker wrote in a letter posted on his official Twitter account. “It is my privilege to work alongside our student-athletes, coaches, and staff who embody our culture of hard work, discipline, and excellence — on and off the field.”
This deal has been announced just days after the Spartans were dismantled 56-7 by the Ohio State Buckeyes. This was Michigan State’s second loss and three games after starting the season with an 8-0 record.
“Mel Tucker has been an outstanding addition to our Spartan Athletic program,” university president Samuel L. Stanley Jr., M.D., said in the school’s announcement. “In less than two years, his leadership has already resulted in a program competing for top honors, and I’m impressed by his intensity and drive. Spartan fans around the country are enjoying the success of this year’s football program and we look forward to many more successful seasons, competing at the highest levels under Coach Tucker.”
Tucker will make $9.5 million annually. He will receive $5.9 million in a base salary. Additional terms include $3.2 million in compensation for the media and personal appearances, while also including a $400,000 contingent annual bonus.
The 49-year-old, who played college football at Wisconsin, has been with the Spartans for the past two seasons. He went 2-5 in his first season with the team.
This season, the Spartans are presently 9-2.
Tucker is 16-14 as a college football head coach. He also spent one season with the Colorado Buffaloes, where he went 5-7 during the 2019 season.
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