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Judge rules MSU must reveal Details of Coach Mel Tucker's contract


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The details of Michigan State football coach Mel Tucker's $95 million dollar contract, about half of it funded by mega-donors Stephen St. Andre and Mat Ishbia, must be made public. That's what a Michigan Court of Claims judge has ruled in a lawsuit brought by the Detroit Free Press.


Judge Brock Swartzle says MSU has 10 days to publicly reveal the 'fine print' in the 2021 contract regarding contributions made by the private donors. The judge ruled that the agreements between the university and donors in Tucker's contract did not fall under the privacy exemptions in Michigan's public records law.


According to the Free Press, the judge ruled the contract details must be produced, but MSU needs to "redact the home addresses and estate-planning provisions within those agreements before production."



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