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PISCATAWAY, NJ - OCTOBER 09 : Head coach Mel Tucker of the Michigan State Spartans reacts on the sidelines during the second half of a game against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights at SHI Stadium on October 9, 2021 in Piscataway, New Jersey. Michigan State defeated Rutgers 31-13. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)

Michigan State University’s football team is undefeated seven games into the season, and that has all eyes on second-year head coach Mel Tucker. Tucker is suddenly in the spotlight, and the rumors are that LSU is already looking at him to replace Ed Orgeron, who has agreed to step down after this season.

“I am told that there are some very influential people inside LSU who are really, really high on Mel Tucker,” FOX Sports’ Bruce Feldman said Saturday (Oct. 16).

So, would Tucker leave MSU after just two seasons? Tucker also reportedly signed a six-year contract with MSU and earns a $5.5 million annual salary. If he were to bolt between Jan. 16, 2021 and Jan. 15, 2022, his buyout would be $2.5 million. It drops by $500,000 in subsequent years.

I really hope Tucker stays with the Spartans. If he leaves this soon, it will remind me of Nick Saban leaving MSU, and even though Saban has had success, it’s just not that Spartan loyalty. Plus, I personally think it will mean a lot more to the Spartans to have Tucker with us long term. We’re a team with heart, Tucker, and we want you to stay!

View photo highlights from Saturday’s MSU game below!

Anne Erickson's love for music drew her into radio, and she started shortly after graduating from MSU. She has a passion for rock and metal, plus local music. She also fronts the band Upon Wings. Email Anne at erickson@WRIF.com, follow her on Instagram at @EricksonAnne and tweet at her @AnneErickson!