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

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Five days after a season-altering loss to Ohio State, Michigan State coach Mel Tucker agreed to a new 10-year deal on Wednesday night that will pay him $95 million to remain with the resurgent Spartans.
Kenneth Walker III jumps over the linemen and into the end zone to give the Spartans a 27-7 lead. (0:22)

Michigan State football coach Mel Tucker on Wednesday agreed to a 10-year deal worth $95 million to remain with the Spartans, the school announced.

The new contract, which made headlines around college football last week leading up to the Spartans' game at Ohio State, makes Tucker one of the highest-paid coaches in the sport and comes four days before Michigan State closes its regular season.

Tucker can thank a group of Spartans donors -- Mat Ishbia, Steve St. Andre, Brian Mosallam and Jason Strayhorn -- who gathered to help complete the deal this month, as Michigan State takes a turn toward recruiting.

"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."

Tucker's contract is fully guaranteed. His buyout to leave Michigan State remains unchanged from his original contract: $2.5 million with annual decreases by $500,000.

The news comes five days after the Spartans dropped a 56-7 decision at Ohio State, Tucker's second loss in his past three games after Michigan State opened the year at 8-0. The surprising start landed the Spartans (9-2) in the top four of the College Football Playoff rankings before ultimately dropping.

"This is a process to build a championship-winning program," he wrote in his social media…
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