Mel Tucker: Michigan State coach signs 10-year contract extension

Mel Tucker has been the head coach at Michigan State University for five years

Mel Tucker has signed a 10-year contract extension with Michigan State University that would keep him at the school through the end of the 2026-27 season.

The 53-year-old has been the Spartans’ head coach since 2013 and US college football’s top-rated defence in 2015.

In the previous season, the Ohio-born Tucker led the team to the national championship, the school’s third.

The former North Carolina State coach had a 51-22 record at Michigan State.

“The tenure of Mel Tucker as the head football coach in East Lansing is marked by outstanding consistency, resourcefulness and integrity, and we are very happy to have him here for at least the next 10 years,” said Michigan State president Lou Anna Simon.

“His players enjoy their time in East Lansing and they cherish their memories of the championship season of 2015.”

According to the contract, Michigan State are due a $4m (£3.22m) base salary with the opportunity to receive a $5m (£3.42m) “release payment” upon leaving the school.

Tucker is 585-136-8 in 14 seasons in college coaching and has won two national championships.

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