Earlier this week, the Michigan State Spartans landed a new head coach. The Spartans were in need of a new head coach after Mark Dantonio announced his retirement, shocking the college football world.
It took Michigan State just a week to land a new head coach, though. The Spartans hired former Colorado head coach Mel Tucker – though he didn’t leave the Buffaloes easily.
According to multiple reports, Tucker rebuffed Michigan State’s first offer. He made a bold statement announcing he was committed to Colorado and continuing to build the program.
Michigan State then upped its offer to Tucker, luring him away from the Buffaloes.
So, how much did it take to pry Tucker away from Colorado? Well, according to Matt Charboneau of the Detroit News, Tucker will earn a base salary of $3.8 million.
Mel Tucker's contract has been released. He has a base salary of $3.8 million plus $1.2 million in supplemental pay and well as a $400,000 annual retention bonus over six years.
— Matt Charboneau (@mattcharboneau) February 13, 2020
He’ll also take home $1.2 million in supplemental pay as well as a $400,000 retention bonus of the six years of the contract.
He immediately becomes one of the highest-paid head coaches in the country with the new deal. He’s the fourth-highest paid head coach in the Big Ten behind Jim Harbaugh, Jeff Brohm and James Franklin.
Tucker spent just one season in charge of the Colorado football program, leading the team to a 5-7 record.