ATLANTA, GEORGIA - DECEMBER 30: Head Coach Mel Tucker of the Michigan State Spartans looks on before the game against the Pittsburgh Panthers in the Chick-Fil-A Peach Bowl at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on December 30, 2021 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Todd Kirkland/Getty Images)

Michigan State coach Mel Tucker is no longer the sole, highest-paid coach in the Big Ten.

If you recall, following Tucker’s incredible season last year, he signed a 10-year, $95 million contract extension with Michigan State in November that is fully guaranteed.

On Wednesday (May 18), Ohio State announced coach Ryan Day will get a two-year extension through 2028 and a raise to $9.5 million year. That makes him tied with Tucker as the highest-paid coach in the Big Ten. If you want to watch the two highest-paid coaches go head-to-head, the Spartans will host the Buckeyes on Oct. 8.

It’s no big surprise, but Alabama’s Nick Saban is the highest-paid coach of a public school in the nation. He’s scheduled to make $9.9 million this season.

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