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Mel Tucker named Big Ten Coach of the Year

November 30, 2021
<p>MSU football Head Coach Mel Tucker speaks during a timeout in a basketball game between MSU and Maryland at the Breslin Student Events Center on Feb. 15, 2020. </p>

MSU football Head Coach Mel Tucker speaks during a timeout in a basketball game between MSU and Maryland at the Breslin Student Events Center on Feb. 15, 2020.

Photo by Matt Zubik | The State News

 Michigan State Head Football Coach Mel Tucker has been named Big Ten Coach of the Year for the 2021 season.

In Tucker’s second year in charge, the Spartans finished third in the Big Ten East with a 10-2 record. A year after finishing 2-5 in the shortened 2020 season, the Spartans experienced a turnaround under Tucker. He elevated the talent on the roster through the transfer portal, bringing in players like junior running back Kenneth Walker III to pair with MSU's returning talent.

Last week, Tucker signed a 10-year, $95 million contract extension with Michigan State that will keep him under contract in East Lansing until 2032. The deal makes Tucker the highest-paid Black coach in American sports. 

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