Michigan State football coach Mel Tucker officially signs new 10-year, $95 million contract

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Michigan State coach Mel Tucker has signed a new 10-year, $95 million deal to remain with the Spartans.
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Michigan State football coach Mel Tucker signed his gigantic contract extension, the school announced late Wednesday. The deal is pending approval from the university's Board of Trustees. Chairperson Dianne Byrum said in a statement released by the school that the Board "fully supports a new contract for Coach Tucker."

The Detroit Free Press reported the two parties were nearing agreement on a 10-year, $95 million contract on Nov. 17. He is expected to become among the highest paid coaches in the sport. Alumni Mat Ishbia and Steve St. Andre are donating the money for Tucker's raise

The school announced that Tucker will make $9.5 million in "non-performance related compensation," which includes a $5.9 million base salary, $3.2 million for media and personal appearances and a $400,000 contingent annual bonus. The new deal ends on Jan. 15, 2032.

Details on a buyout and what bonuses exist for winning the Big Ten or making the College Football Playoff were not disclosed.

"Every day I wake up feeling humbled to be the Head Football Coach at Michigan State. 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 said in a statement provided to the Free Press. "Thank you to our Board of Trustees, President (Samuel) Stanley and our administration, (athletic director) Alan Haller and the athletics staff, our incredible donors and fans — and of course Coach (Tom) Izzo for the support and resources you provide MSU to build Spartan football — we could not do it without you.

"The mentorship and friendship of Mat Ishbia, Steve St. Andre, Brian Mosallam and Jason Strayhorn — particularly during this process — has been invaluable to me. It is a process to build a championship-winning…
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