Michigan State coach Mel Tucker agrees to 10-year, $95 million contract as Sparta eye 10 wins

the state of Michigan Football coach Mel Tucker on Wednesday agreed to a 10-year, $95 million deal to stay with Sparta, the school announced.

The new contract, which caused quite a stir in college football last week leading up to Sparta’s game at Ohio State, makes Tucker one of the highest-paid coaches in the sport and has four days before Michigan State ends the regular season.

Tucker can thank a group of Sparta sponsors – Mat Ishbia, Steve St. Andre, Brian Mosallam and Jason Strayhorn – who rallied to help close the deal this month, as the State of Michigan shifts its focus to hiring.

“Every day I wake up, I feel humbled to be the Head Coach of the football team at Michigan,” Tucker wrote in a letter published on Twitter. His official Twitter account. “It has been my privilege to work alongside our athletes, coaches and student staff who embody our culture of hard work, discipline and excellence – on and off the field.”

Tucker’s contract is fully guaranteed. His purchase to leave Michigan State remains unchanged from the original contract: $2.5 million with a $500,000 annual discount.

The news comes five days after the Sparta team lost a decisive 56-7 at Ohio State, Tucker’s second loss in his past three games after Michigan State opened the year 8-0. . The surprising start sent Sparta (9-2) into the top 4 of the College Football Playoff rankings before eventually being relegated.

“It’s a process to build a championship-winning program,” he wrote in his social media post. “A process that pushes us to become better. A process that requires soul and unrelenting courage. A process that requires the support of Spartans around the globe. I am honored to be a part of that. part of the Spartan process today and for years to come.”

Clearly, the Big Ten school believes in that process.

“Mel Tucker has been an outstanding addition to our Spartan Athletic program,” university president Samuel L. Stanley Jr., MD, said in the school’s announcement. “In less than two years, his leadership has led to a program of competition for top honors, and I am impressed by his fierceness and drive. Sparta fans on across the country are enjoying the success of this year’s football program and we look forward to many more successful seasons, playing at the highest level under Coach Tucker.”

According to the school’s press release, Tucker’s contract includes “a total of $9.5 million in non-performance-related compensation each year, including $5.9 million, $3.2 million in compensation typically supplement for media and personal appearances, plus a $400,000 backup annual bonus. Contract expires January 15, 2032.”

Only Nick Saban of Alabama, one of Tucker’s mentors, who earns $9,753,221 per year, is paid more on an annual basis, according to the USA Today coaches’ salary database . And Tucker’s 10-year contract put him in a select company with two other coaches from the same tenure: Dabo Swinney of Clemson and Jimbo Fisher of Texas A&M. Swinney’s contract is worth $92 million, and Fisher’s deal will pay him more than $9 million a year, starting in 2022.

Last week, Tucker said Michigan State is a destination job and he never intended to “just pass” on his way to another show.

Speaking on The Draymond Green Show with Green, a former Michigan State basketball star now with the Golden State Warriors, Tucker made his first comment last week since the Detroit Free Press reported the two sides were working. work on final terms.

“I made it clear in my initial press conferences that I thought of Michigan State as a destination job rather than a stepping stone,” Tucker, in his second season in East Lansing, Michigan, told Green. , who played for Sparta from 2008 to 2012. “I never intended to come here and just pass. I believe we are building something special here. I have tremendous support. here to do it and we’re on the right track.”

Tucker, 49, refers to his roots in the Big Ten as a former Wisconsin player and Cleveland native who began his coaching career as a graduate assistant at Michigan State for coaching member at the time was Nick Saban. He also spent 2001 to 2004 as a defensive assistant at Ohio State.

Tucker’s initial contract is scheduled to run through the end of the 2024 season, with an annual salary of $5.56 million. In February 2020, he was hired after just one season at Colorado to replace longtime Sparta coach Mark Dantonio.

Tucker has been mentioned as a potential candidate for a coach position at LSU, with the company announcing on October 17 that coach Ed Orgeron will not be returning in 2022.

The Spartans will wrap up the regular season on Saturday, looking for a 10th win, with a home game against Penn State (7-4).

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Huynh Nguyen

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