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How Much Michigan State Is Paying Head Coach Mel Tucker

Mel Tucker on the sidelines with a headset on for Colorado.

BOULDER, COLORADO - NOVEMBER 23: Head coach Mel Tucker of the Colorado Buffaloes watches as his team plays the Washington Huskies in the fourth quarter at Folsom Field on November 23, 2019 in Boulder, Colorado. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

Michigan State officially has its next head football coach. The Spartans have officially hired Colorado head coach Mel Tucker.

Tucker is leaving Colorado after one season. The former Georgia Bulldogs assistant coach is replacing longtime head coach Mark Dantonio, who stepped down last week.

It's rare for a head coach to leave a school after just one season. However, it's tough to blame Tucker for making the move based on his contract details.

Michigan State is essentially doubling Tucker's salary at Colorado. The Spartans have also reportedly doubled Tucker's pool for assistant coaches. "My dream was to come back here and be the head coach," Tucker, who coached at Michigan State under Nick Saban, said at his press conference.

Tucker, 48, was a graduate assistant at Michigan State from 1997-98. He has major ties to Big Ten country, having grown up in Ohio and played at Wisconsin.