The Michigan state government is preparing a historic 10-year, $95 million contract for coach Mel Tucker that will make him the highest-paid black coach in the sport, according to a report. Detroit Free Press. With the coaching carousel starting earlier than ever thanks to Early Signing Time, Tucker’s name has appeared in relation to the top vacancies College football jobs across the country. Most notable is LSU, where he served as Nick Saban’s assistant in 2000.
The expected extension is a massive show of force for a show that hopes to stay on the national stage, however. Tucker’s proposed renewal would only trail Saban and Clemson’s Dabo Swinney in annual earnings.
In his second season since taking over from Mark Dantonio, Tucker led No.7 Sparta to a 9-1 record, including a win over No.6 Michigan. Tucker was the first coach in Michigan State history to beat Michigan in each of his first two seasons. Among the highlights of Tucker’s brief stint in East Lansing, the reassignment of Kenneth Walker III became a Heisman contender while Sparta ranked in the top 20 for defensive rush.
Contracts suitable for lucrative extensions Texas A&M pays Jimbo Fisher in September is expected to similarly make Fisher not a viable candidate for LSU. If Tucker signs, his salary will surpass that of other notable black coaches, including Mike Tomlin for the Pittsburgh Steelers and Doc Rivers of the Boston Celtics. Rivers previously led all black sports coaches with a salary of $8 million a year.
Michigan State will go to 4th place Ohio State on Saturday for one of the biggest games of Week 12, as well as one of the most important in Sparta’s recent history.
https://www.cbssports.com/college-football/news/michigan-state-attempting-to-sign-coach-mel-tucker-to-massive-10-year-contract-extension-per-report/ | Michigan State tries to sign coach Mel Tucker to a 10-year contract extension, according to reports