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31 minutes ago, LTtxfan said:

Mel Tucker's new deal is official, and here are the details

Following the widespread reports of a contract extension for about a week, Mel Tucker has now officially signed his new deal making him the highest paid coach in the Big Ten and one of the highest paid coaches in college football.

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For those that were wondering why it seemed to be taking so long for Mel Tucker to sign the reported contract extension at Michigan State, there's no need to wonder any longer.  The Spartans head coach officially inked his new deal tonight, and it's every bit as big as expected. We've now we've got some of the details.

Tucker's new 10-year deal will pay him $9.5 million per year, as previously reported, and will run through January 15, 2032.

That new salary will not only catapult him to the very top among Big Ten coaches, it is good enough to rank him just behind Nick Saban nationally according to the latest USA Today Coaches Salary Database numbers.

The 10-year length also puts him in rare air, as James Franklin and Penn State announced a highly anticipated decade-long extension last night, and it's the same amount of years Texas A&M lured Jimbo Fisher with to leave Florida State, and Clemson recently gave a 10-year term to Dabo Swinney. 

Franklin's deal will pay him $8.5 million, and Ryan Day was the other Big Ten coach that entered the season among the top 10 highest paid coaches in the Big Ten at $6.614 million, and with the market re-setting, something tells me Day's contract may the next one on the docket.

The monster salary figure for Tucker will include a base salary of $5.9 million base, plus $3.2 million in supplemental compensation for media and personal appearances, plus an annual bonus of $400k. 

Here's a quick exceprt from Michigan State's release:

"The decision to extend 's contract is not based on one year of results, but rather it's an investment in a promising future for Spartan football," said MSU Vice President and Director of Athletics . "Since his hire 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 and alumni base engagement and support. Mel has brought an energy to this program which has benefited not only our athletic department, but also the university and the surrounding community."

Tucker's Spartans will face James Franklin and Penn State on Saturday.

This money is insane.

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12 minutes ago, PittsburghTiger said:

This money is insane.

Yup. The comment rationalizing the hire by the AD cracks me up. But I guess you can't say..."Look, everybody in the country knows we're overpaying Tucker by probably 2X. And yeah, a 10 year contract for a guy with a mediocre HC record is f'n insane. But hey, get yourself a billionaire booster who don't give a fuck about a lousy $100 million, and you too can join the party! Now if you will excuse me, I have an appointment to fuck his agent's wife."

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32 minutes ago, Landomatic said:

Apparently he must resinate with some people, but that dude gives me the heebie jeebies.

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Seems perfect for Baylor.

 

Yeah, I agree that that dude seems weird...

Just listening to Aranda talk about how he shares the"Velveteen Rabbit" with first year players was really weird...

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Dollars to doughnuts the next LSU coach is already hired/agreed to in principle, and my guess would be it’s Aranda.

Baylor is probably trying to put together something to counter with.

Edited to add, Aranda’s wife really enjoyed her time in Baton Rouge and well….undefeated.

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8 minutes ago, Enchubben said:

Dollars to doughnuts the next LSU coach is already hired/agreed to in principle, and my guess would be it’s Aranda.

Baylor is probably trying to put together something to counter with.

 

I just don't see Aranda going back to "Geaux Tigers" after escaping from there...  

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15 minutes ago, Enchubben said:

Dollars to doughnuts the next LSU coach is already hired/agreed to in principle, and my guess would be it’s Aranda.

Baylor is probably trying to put together something to counter with.

Edited to add, Aranda’s wife really enjoyed her time in Baton Rouge and well….undefeated.

It’s fascinating down here right now.  The rumor mill is running in every direction and everyone you talk to has a different source that definitely knows what’s going on in the search.  Had dinner last week with good friends who know folks in the athletic department who told them that it was going to be Jimbo and it was done 3 weeks ago.  They were disappointed that it might be Jimbo because another of their good friends told them that is was BOB - which is who they want.

Woodward either had this search totally locked down with his new hire already done or it is a mess behind the scenes with LSU striking out as they move down their prospective coaches list.

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7 minutes ago, Duane Moore said:

If Okie Lite can beat OU on Saturday we should know by Sunday whether LSU got one of their big fish. 

On that note, if my math is correct,  WV wins Saturday and so does TCU, Texas and Kansas (where we were 1 of their 2  wins) will be the only teams not going to a bowl game. 
 

That’s impressive. 🤮

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20 minutes ago, BRLA said:

It’s fascinating down here right now.  The rumor mill is running in every direction and everyone you talk to has a different source that definitely knows what’s going on in the search.  Had dinner last week with good friends who know folks in the athletic department who told them that it was going to be Jimbo and it was done 3 weeks ago.  They were disappointed that it might be Jimbo because another of their good friends told them that is was BOB - which is who they want.

Woodward either had this search totally locked down with his new hire already done or it is a mess behind the scenes with LSU striking out as they move down their prospective coaches list.

From deep within the tiger athletic foundation I was told the coach was already locked up, but wasn’t told who. I also think it’s possible that they did strike out at least once in getting to Aranda IF that’s who they end up with.

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Idk I’ve kinda always felt the notion that Texas is not a top ten job because Saban, Meyer, etc turned it down to be lazy and LSU is proof. 9/10 coaches aren’t leaving a good situation to go deal with the stress of rebuilding a major program with impatient fans & mediocre players that you have to convince to buy in. LSU might need to go the coordinator route. Dan Lanning possibly. 

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3 minutes ago, LOHorn said:

Feel like Aranda is making a giant mistake. I think Baylor takes a step back next year and the shine comes off. Gotta take your shot when you can, unless you don’t want it. 

Baylor is a stepping stone job if we’re being completely honest. He keeps winning at Baylor he’ll have more opportunities down the road

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My question is from a premier candidate perspective, who is left?

If Uf gets Napier and Tucker, Franklin, Fickle and Aranda are signaling they are staying put who fills LSU and USC? If it is Riley or Jimbo, who back fills to A&M or OU.
 

And do not forget UCLA and Kelly and Herm and Arizona are probably parting ways as well.

It hurts me to say this but Neb may have did it right by keeping frost another year knowing the coaching talent isn’t there this cycle. There is no slam dunk hot coordinator prospect and Napier and Fickle are the cream of the crop of the G5. 
 

I would not want to be an AD trying to hire now.

 

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14 minutes ago, Laxtonto said:

My question is from a premier candidate perspective, who is left?  If Uf gets Napier and Tucker, Franklin, Fickle and Aranda are signaling they are staying put who fills LSU and USC? If it is Riley or Jimbo, who back fills to A&M or OU?

And do not forget UCLA and Kelly and Herm and Arizona are probably parting ways as well.  It hurts me to say this but Neb may have did it right by keeping frost another year knowing the coaching talent isn’t there this cycle. There is no slam dunk hot coordinator prospect and Napier and Fickle are the cream of the crop of the G5. 

I would not want to be an AD trying to hire now.

 

Dude for the answer to all those questions, you may want to pay $9.95/mo to FCB...

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I have to think the crazy inflation in salary is helping middle tier schools (Baylor, Cincinnati) keep coach from jumping ship to “top tier” schools.  20 years ago the difference between 500k and 1.2 million is huge compared to 5 million vs 9 million.  
From the jimbo and Mel tucker, and traylor deals, it looks like 10 years is going to be standard extension length for coaches that show success.  Aranda might take a 10 year 6 million dollar deal vs a 9 million 5 year deal when he knows LSU will cut his ass after a single subpar season. 

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15 hours ago, texasstrong12 said:

Mike Scarborough at TigerBait is saying LSU is all in on Riley and he thinks that is who LSU will hire. 

This weekend might be wild. 

 

14 hours ago, Chet Steadman said:

But the AD’s neighbor said it Aranda was a stone cold lock.  

Im so confusssedddd!

Riley as HC/OC and Aranda as DC.  Duh. 

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34 minutes ago, Laxtonto said:

My question is from a premier candidate perspective, who is left?

If Uf gets Napier and Tucker, Franklin, Fickle and Aranda are signaling they are staying put who fills LSU and USC? If it is Riley or Jimbo, who back fills to A&M or OU.
 

And do not forget UCLA and Kelly and Herm and Arizona are probably parting ways as well.

It hurts me to say this but Neb may have did it right by keeping frost another year knowing the coaching talent isn’t there this cycle. There is no slam dunk hot coordinator prospect and Napier and Fickle are the cream of the crop of the G5. 
 

I would not want to be an AD trying to hire now.

 

If it’s Jimbo to LSU I think A&M just gives the keys to Elko. Most fans would be happy with that. 

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1 hour ago, 956 Worldwide said:

If it’s Jimbo to LSU I think A&M just gives the keys to Elko. Most fans would be happy with that. 

That would be less than ideal because he’d probably hire a 21st century OC which would be a vast improvement over Jimbo’s O.

Other obvious option if Jimbo leaves would be Traylor *ducks*

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3 hours ago, Laxtonto said:

My question is from a premier candidate perspective, who is left?

If Uf gets Napier and Tucker, Franklin, Fickle and Aranda are signaling they are staying put who fills LSU and USC? If it is Riley or Jimbo, who back fills to A&M or OU.
 

And do not forget UCLA and Kelly and Herm and Arizona are probably parting ways as well.

It hurts me to say this but Neb may have did it right by keeping frost another year knowing the coaching talent isn’t there this cycle. There is no slam dunk hot coordinator prospect and Napier and Fickle are the cream of the crop of the G5. 
 

I would not want to be an AD trying to hire now.

 

Yeah, I said this a few days ago. The best option is probably to just wait it out another year. 

No guarantees next cycle but there isn’t much to choose from right now. 

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3 hours ago, dingleberryswitzer said:

I have to think the crazy inflation in salary is helping middle tier schools (Baylor, Cincinnati) keep coach from jumping ship to “top tier” schools.  20 years ago the difference between 500k and 1.2 million is huge compared to 5 million vs 9 million.  
From the jimbo and Mel tucker, and traylor deals, it looks like 10 years is going to be standard extension length for coaches that show success.  Aranda might take a 10 year 6 million dollar deal vs a 9 million 5 year deal when he knows LSU will cut his ass after a single subpar season. 

There’s no chance LSU is missing on Aranda, Napier, Tucker and Fickell  types regardless of all that. 

It’s pretty obvious that LSU is all in on Riley and the only logical conclusion is they probably have him. 

There are pictures of LSU’s AD on vacation and hunting. It makes no logical sense for him to be doing that in the middle of a coaching search that would be going so poorly. It’s only an educated guess but I think they have Riley in the bag. 

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18 minutes ago, texasstrong12 said:

There’s no chance LSU is missing on Aranda, Napier, Tucker and Fickell  types regardless of all that. 

It’s pretty obvious that LSU is all in on Riley and the only logical conclusion is they probably have him. 

There are pictures of LSU’s AD on vacation and hunting. It makes no logical sense for him to be doing that in the middle of a coaching search that would be going so poorly. It’s only an educated guess but I think they have Riley in the bag. 

All those coonssses eating nutria McRib sandwiches in hopes of nabbing Riley. 

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5 hours ago, 6th Street said:

OU could easily match that. Cheaper to keep good coaches around than to hire and fire staffs every 3 years 

Maybe football is different but OU has been going cheap with recent hires. 

*Women's basketball hire (Baranczyk) $475 K per year vs $1.8 million (Schaefer)

*Men's basketball hire (Moser) $2.8 million per year vs $5 million (Beard)

*They also seem unwilling to fire their baseball coach (Skip Johnson) because they don't want to spend money on the buyout. 

Reality is schools like Texas and LSU (see Mulkey) have been outspending OU in most the other sports and getting better coaches. Maybe football is different....I dunno but based on past hires there certainly isn't precedent that OU is willing to go big on these contracts. 

Texas has the right idea now on coaching contracts if they would just stop letting the BMDs and BoR hire the football coach. 

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1 hour ago, texasstrong12 said:

Maybe football is different but OU has been going cheap with recent hires. 

*Women's basketball hire (Baranczyk) $475 K per year vs $1.8 million (Schaefer)

*Men's basketball hire (Moser) $2.8 million per year vs $5 million (Beard)

*They also seem unwilling to fire their baseball coach (Skip Johnson) because they don't want to spend money on the buyout. 

Reality is schools like Texas and LSU (see Mulkey) have been outspending OU in most the other sports and getting better coaches. Maybe football is different....I dunno but based on past hires there certainly isn't precedent that OU is willing to go big on these contracts. 

Texas has the right idea now on coaching contracts if they would just stop letting the BMDs and BoR hire the football coach. 

OU has to match any offers out there and even give him a jimbo 10 year deal if that’s what it takes.  Football is the only thing keeping ou from becoming Nebraska.  
if Riley leaves ou it won’t be because of money it’ll be because he wants to gtfo of Norman.

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