NFL Rumors: Mel Tucker Received HC Interest from Teams Before Signing MSU Contract

Rob Goldberg@@TheRobGoldbergFeatured Columnist IVNovember 28, 2021

EAST LANSING, MI - NOVEMBER 27: Michigan State Spartans head coach Mel Tucker waves to the fans following a college football game between the Michigan State Spartans and Penn State Nittany Lions on November 27, 2021 at Spartan Stadium in East Lansing, MI. (Photo by Adam Ruff/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
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Before signing a massive 10-year extension to remain the head football coach at Michigan State, Mel Tucker reportedly received interest from NFL teams, per ESPN's Adam Schefter.

Tucker ended up agreeing to a fully guaranteed $95 million extension. According to Stewart Mandel of The Athletic, Tucker's $9.5 million average annual salary ties him for the 11th highest-paid coach in any American sport.

It seemingly ended the pursuit from NFL teams. 

Tucker was also considered a potential candidate to replace Ed Orgeron at LSU in October, per ESPN's Adam Rittenberg.

The 49-year-old still said he's happy to stay with the Spartans.

"I made it clear in my initial press conferences that I thought that Michigan State was a destination job and not a steppingstone," Tucker told The Draymond Green Show earlier this month.

Tucker is in just his second season at Michigan State, leading the squad to a surprising 10-2 record after going just 2-5 in his first season. He also spent one season at Colorado in 2019, leading the squad to a 5-7 record.

Despite the limited head coaching experience, Tucker is well-respected and has an impressive resume as an assistant with Alabama, Georgia and Ohio State at the college level. He also has NFL experience as a defensive coordinator with the Jacksonville Jaguars, Chicago Bears and Cleveland Browns.

This could have allowed him to make an easy transition to the NFL, especially compared to someone like Urban Meyer with zero professional experience. 

Michigan State still won out and will keep Tucker with the program for the foreseeable future.