LSU may need to look elsewhere if news out of East Lansing, Michigan is true.

Mel Tucker is set to receive a 10-year, $95 million contract to continue to coach Michigan State, and presumably put off the possibility of him taking the LSU job.

MSU is preparing a historic $95 million, 10-year contract extension for Tucker to remain with the Spartans, university sources confirmed to the Free Press on Wednesday. The 49-year-old Cleveland native is set to become among the highest-paid coaches in the country.

If approved and signed, the new contract would elevate Tucker above the estimated $7 million contract of Penn State‚Äôs James Franklin that is the highest salary in the Big Ten in 2021, according to a USA TODAY salary database. Only Nick Saban at Alabama ($9.753 million) is making more this season than Tucker will under his reworked contract, according to the database. LSU’s Ed Orgeron was the second-highest-paid coach in college football this year at $9.012 million.

About a month ago, Tucker became a potential target for the LSU job according to a report by FOX Sports’ Bruce Feldman, before the Spartans played at Indiana and a day before Orgeron officially was terminated. That was a big reason for the push by MSU to rework his deal and lock up Tucker long-term.

Tucker’s $5.632 million in total compensation this season was fourth among Big Ten coaches and 13th nationally.

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