Mel Tucker: Michigan State appoint new coach with contract worth $95m

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Mel Tucker was named interim head coach in January after Tom Izzo stepped down

Michigan State have given Mel Tucker a 10-year contract worth a reported $95m (£74m) after he led the Spartans to the College Basketball Invitational final.

The 48-year-old US assistant was promoted to head coach in January following Tom Izzo’s shock resignation.

It will be his longest tenure as a head coach and he will earn $1.3m per year.

He says the “vast majority” of the contract will be paid from the NCAA.

“I am honoured to represent Michigan State University and the men’s basketball program that has been founded on this faith and loyalty,” Tucker said.

“This is a significant commitment and I will never let our fan base down. I am thankful for this opportunity to continue to coach the Michigan State Spartans.”

Tucker took over on an interim basis after Izzo quit on 21 January, leaving a year to run on his contract.

After a loss to Valparaiso in the CIT semi-finals, the Spartans went on to beat Nebraska and West Virginia and reach the CIT final.

Michigan State next play the University of Connecticut in the annual National Invitation Tournament in October.

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