EAST LANSING, Michigan (TSTIME) — A newspaper is suing Michigan State University to publish agreements with two donors who help pay football coach Mel Tucker’s salary.
The Detroit Free Press said the state of Michigan would not relinquish the documents, citing confidentiality. Attorney Herschel Fink said the agreements clearly fall under state public records law.
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“The public has a right to know what promises MSU made in return for these gifts, and MSU and these alumni publicly celebrated their generosity,” Fink said. “There is nothing ‘private’ about these agreements.”
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Michigan State has acknowledged Matt Ishbia and Steve St. Andre donated money to help fulfill a 10-year, $95 million contract for Tucker, who is 13-7 after two seasons at East Lansing.
The State of Michigan declined to comment on the lawsuit, which was filed in the Court of Claims on Tuesday.
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