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The Michigan state sports division may be working on a contract extension for head coach Mel Tucker, according to radio hosts Mike Valenti and Rico Beard.
Valenti and Bartwirt The Valenti Show with Rico at 97.1 The Ticket, and both have a multi-year relationship with the university.
“I have sources that said Mel Tucker appears to be receiving a contract extension with funds ranging from $ 6.8 million to $ 7.8 million (per year) with escalators and bonuses that could take him even higher,” Beard said in the tonight’s show, adding that these reports are “unconfirmed”.
At $ 6.8 million, Tucker would be the ninth highest paid coach in the country, tied with Ohio State’s Ryan Day as the highest paid coach in the Big Ten.
It’s no surprise Michigan State would do its best to motivate Tucker to stay at East Lansing, given the success he’s had on the field this season.
When the Spartans saw victories this season, Tucker’s name was named as the main candidate for the head coaching position at LSU, who will be replaced by current coach Ed Orgeron at the end of this season.
Tucker set a 10-6 record in the 2020 season shortened by COVID and nine games in the 2021 season. The Spartans climbed to 3rd place on the College Football Playoff rankings under Tucker and currently hold 7th place.
Tucker is also 2-0 against rival Michigan and head coach Jim Harbaugh.
“Mel Tucker is about to secure the bag,” Valenti said. “Long-term extension, $ 6.8 million with incentives to bring it to $ 8 million. This makes him one of the 8 best-paid coaches. It brings him Ryan Day money. Rico and I heard the same thing. That’s not new. You have been working on it for weeks. “
If this rumor becomes a reality, it would be a huge win for both the state of Michigan and Tucker. The university would fend off outside programs trying to poach its rising head coach, and Tucker would find himself among the highest-paid coaches in the sport.
The Spartans (8-1, 5-1) host Maryland this weekend and try to recover from their only loss of the season.