November 29, 2021

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Michigan State gives Mel Tucker a 10-year, $95 million contract, locking up the former Chicago Bears defensive coordinator through the 2031 season

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Michigan State is giving Mel Tucker a 10-year, $95 million contract, making an aggressive move to keep a football coach who potentially could have left for LSU or the NFL.

“I am honored to be a part of the Spartan process today and for years to come,” Tucker wrote Wednesday in a post on Twitter.

The 12th-ranked Spartans (9-2, 6-2 Big Ten) close the regular season against Penn State (7-4, 4-4) on Saturday at home.

The contract establishes Tucker as one of the riches coaches in college football.

Only Alabama’s Nick Saban, one of his mentors, who makes $9.75 million per year, is paid more on an annual basis, according to the USA Today coaches salaries database.

Tucker’s 10-year deal puts him in select company with two coaches with the same term: Clemson’s Dabo Swinney and Texas…

Tribune News Service

2021-11-24 23:19:25

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