Mel Tucker signs 10-year contract

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Michigan State Football Coach Mel tucker signed a 10-year contract, awaiting Board approval.

“The board fully supports a new contract for Coach Tucker,” said Dianne Byrum, MSU board chair. “We are very pleased with his success at Michigan State University and the renewed enthusiasm for our football program within the Spartan community.”

Mel tucker has been an exceptional addition to our Spartan Athletic program, ”said MSU President Samuel L. Stanley Jr., MD“ In less than two years his leadership has already resulted in a program competing for top honors , and I am impressed by its intensity and dynamism. Spartan fans across the country are enjoying the success of this year’s football program and we look forward to many more successful seasons, competing at the highest level under Coach Tucker. “

“The decision to extend Mel tuckerMSU’s contract is not based on a performance year, but rather it is an investment in a bright future for Spartan football, ”said MSU’s vice president and athletics director. Alain haller. “Since hiring in February 2020, the program has experienced high levels of success in three key areas: student-athlete development – on and off the field, recruiting momentum, and donor engagement and support. and former students. Mel brought energy to this project. program that has benefited not only our sports department, but also the university and the surrounding community. “

Tucker’s contract includes non-performance pay of $ 9.5 million per year, including a base of $ 5.9 million, $ 3.2 million in additional pay for media and personal appearances, plus a conditional annual bonus of $ 400,000. The contract expires on January 15, 2032.

Tucker, a 25-year coaching veteran with championship experience, has been named Michigan State University 25-year-olde Head Football Coach on February 12, 2020.

In just his second season with the Spartans, Tucker led MSU to a 9-2 record and a No.12 ranking in the Top 25 college football playoffs. The Spartans have been ranked in the Top 25 in national polls for 10 consecutive weeks. , including six in the Top 10. MSU’s turnaround of seven wins this season in a year already equals an academic record.

Tucker was named on the Watchlists for National Coach of the Year with the Dodd Trophy and the Paul “Bear” Bryant Award. He won National Coach of the Week honors by the Dodd Trophy and Athletic after Michigan State’s 37-33 victory over Michigan No.6 on October 30, when he became the first Spartan coach to win his first two games against the Wolverines (27-24 victory at No.13 Michigan on October 31, 2020).

Four of Tucker’s 11 wins at Michigan State have clashed with AP Top 25 opponents (2021: No.24 in Miami and No.6 in Michigan; 2020: No.11 Northwest and No.13 in Michigan).

The resume of Tucker, who began as a graduate assistant at Michigan State under Nick Saban, has an impressive track record of success. His journey back to East Lansing included a head coaching position in Colorado (2019), five seasons as a defensive coach in the Southeastern Conference (2000; 2015-18), 10 seasons in the NFL ( 2005-14) and four seasons at Ohio State (2001-04). He served as a defensive coordinator in the NFL for seven seasons and 11 seasons in total during his coaching career.

In 160 games as a full-time coach in the FBS, Tucker’s teams have a record 117-43 (.731), including 10 playoff bowl games (2000 Peach, 2002 Outback, 2003 Fiesta / BCS National Championship, 2004 Fiesta, 2004 Alamo, 2015 Cotton / CFP semi-final, 2016 CFP / National Championship, 2016 Liberty, 2018 Rose / CFP semi-final, 2018 CFP / National Championship), three conference championships, three matches of national championship and two national championships (2002 with Ohio State, 2015 with Alabama).

Tucker has coached 160 National Football League games (64 with Cleveland, 64 with Jacksonville, 32 with Chicago).

Tucker and the No.12 Spartans (9-2, 6-2 Big Ten) return to action on Saturday, Nov. 27 to face Penn State at Spartan Stadium. The game will be televised on ABC from 3:30 p.m.