Dec 2, 2022 - News

FOIA Friday: Details about Mel Tucker's contract

Mat Ishbia, president and chief executive of United Wholesale Mortgage.

Mat Ishbia, president and chief executive of United Wholesale Mortgage. Photo: Courtesy of UWM

Billionaire MSU booster Mat Ishbia recently revealed he gave the university $14 million to help sign football coach Mel Tucker to a $95 million contract last year.

Why it matters: Details of Ishbia's contribution are the subject of an ongoing Freedom of Information Act lawsuit filed against MSU by the Detroit Free Press.

Catch up fast: The newspaper wants to know whether Ishbia, president and chief executive of Pontiac-based United Wholesale Mortgage, derived any influence as a result of his gifts.

  • The lawsuit was filed after MSU denied a Free Press public records request for documents tied to Tucker's contract.

What he's saying: "I gave another $14 million to Michigan State," Ishbia told HBO's "Real Sports" when asked about Tucker's contract.

  • When asked whether there are "any strings attached" to his gift, he responded, "No, not that I'm aware of, no."

What's next: State Judge Brock Swartzle is expected to decide in the coming weeks whether documents about the boosters' gifts will be released.

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