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Michigan State football coach Mel Tucker's contract details: Just how much is pay raise?

EAST LANSING — Michigan State gave new football coach Mel Tucker a significant pay raise from his job at Colorado – and a much bigger salary than his predecessor, Mark Dantonio.

Tucker’s contract, which the university released Thursday afternoon, will bring him at least $5.5 million annually over his six-year contract, more than $1 million over Dantonio’s $4.3 million dollar deal he had before he retired Feb. 4.

That would put Tucker just outside the top 10 in the Football Bowl Subdivision in total pay and fourth in the Big Ten based on the 2019 USA TODAY coaches salary database.