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Mel Tucker contract details: Michigan State coach's salary reportedly to rank among highest in college football

  Mel Tucker contract details: Michigan State coach's salary reportedly to rank among highest in college football Here's everything to know about Tucker's impending contract extension, plus how — and why — it came together. Mel Tucker contract details, salary As the Free Press reported, Tucker's new deal is expected to run for 10 years and pay him $95 million total — $9.5 million annually — putting him in the upper echelon not just in college coaches, but all American sports. The money reportedly is being provided by two Michigan State alumni — Matt Ishiba and Steve St. Andre — according to multiple reports.

Michigan State handed a huge new contract to Mel Tucker with the aim of fending off interest from other schools. It turns out that new deal may not actually make an enormous difference.

  Mel Tucker has notable buyout clause in new contract © Kyle Robertson/Columbus Dispatch / USA TODAY NETWORK

The terms of Tucker’s ten-year, $95 million deal went public on Monday. There was one particular portion of the contract that got a bit more attention. The terms of Tucker’s buyout are unchanged, and starts at a rather paltry $2.5 million. The buyout drops to just $1 million from 2024 onward.

In other words, if another school does want to hire Tucker, the buyout will not be an issue. Michigan State appears to be gambling on the fact that the guaranteed money in the deal will trump all else, and that no other school would offer Tucker a better deal than the one he has now.

Tucker had been linked to the LSU job, and had even received some looks from NFL teams. The new deal seems to have put an end to all that, even though the buyout is more or less a non-factor.

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