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Will Mel Tucker be Fired? Sportsbooks Have Priced up the Odds For Michigan State's Head Coach

With Michigan State looking like one of the worst teams in the Big Ten this season, many have started to wonder about Mel Tucker's job security. Will Mel Tucker be fired this season? Sportsbooks have priced up his odds on making it through the season.
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Will Mel Tucker be Fired This Season? Sportsbooks Have Priced up the Odds

Last season, Mel Tucker probably had the most secure job in the country. He led Michigan State to an 11-2 record overall and a 7-2 conference record, which included a win over rival Michigan. But, that was last year.

This year, Michigan State has looked horrible as they've gotten out to a 2-4 record behind four straight losses. The Spartans were ranked as high as No. 14 earlier in the year. Now, Michigan State is considered one of the worst Power 5 teams in the nation.

Usually, programs with as much tradition as Michigan State would be looking for a new coach at this point. You can't really lose four straight games in the Big Ten and feel secure in your job.

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However, last season Tucker signed a 10-year, $95 million deal that is fully guaranteed. That means that if Tucker were to be fired this season, Michigan State would still owe him the remaining contract. So, it seems pretty cut and dry that he won't be fired, right? Wrong.

According to some sportsbooks, there is at least a chance that Mel Tucker doesn't make it through the season as the Michigan State head coach, even with his massive buyout looming.

So, let's take a look at the latest odds for Mel Tucker's potential firing.

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Will Mel Tucker be Fired This Season?

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As I mentioned before, it looks unlikely that Mel Tucker will be fired from Michigan State, The way his contract is set up, and the fact that it's fully guaranteed makes it highly unlikely that the Spartans will move on from Tucker this year.

But, the latest odds do think there is at least a chance Mel Tucker is fired.

Right now, the latest college football odds have it at +1000 that Mel Tucker is fired by the end of the year. Those odds imply a 9.1% chance that 2022 is the final year Tucker spends on the East Lansing sideline.

But, at +3300, the implied chance that he stick around past this season is 97.1%.

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Brian is a sports journalist with close to ten years of experience in the business. A lifelong Philadelphia sports fan with a passion for all things sports gambling.


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