Michigan State University is preparing to offer Mel Tucker, its head football coach, a 10-year, $95 million contract extension to remain with the Spartans. The 49-year-old Cleveland native would be the highest-paid Black coach in the BIG TEN if the offer proceeds.
Tucker became a possible candidate at Lousiana State University for the head coach position, which forced MSU hands to extend the contract and offer Tucker a deal that would keep him as Michigan State's long-term head coach.
BREAKING: Michigan State is working on a historic 10-year, $95 million contract extension for Mel Tucker, per @reporterdavidj.— PFF College Football (@PFF_College) November 17, 2021
The new deal would make Tucker the highest-paid African-American head coach in U.S. sports. pic.twitter.com/Uq6ZZr1YdY
Mat Ishbia and Steve St. Andre, two Michigan State alumni, will reportedly donate towards Tucker's raise and reworked contract. The news of Tucker's extension initially was revealed on the "Inside the Locker Room" podcast, whose hosts include a former member of Michigan State's board of trustees, Brian Mosallam.
"When this gets done, it's gonna send a message to the country that Michigan State University means business and we're here to play with the big boys," Mosallam said on his podcast.
Former MSU coach Nick Saban at Alabama ($9.753 million) is the only coach making more this season than Tucker will under his reworked contract, USA Today reported.
"I haven't signed anything yet, but the night's still young. That's not my focus, and that's not the focus of my team." Coach Tucker announced on his radio show. "I'm not thinking about anything right now; I'm not focusing on anything other than our upcoming opponents. That's the only thing I'm thinking about."
There's no date when Tucker has to sign the contract, but college football fans are eager to see the end goal with MSU and Tucker.