Michigan State sued over failure to release big donor deals

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EAST LANSING — A newspaper is suing to try to force Michigan State University to release agreements with two donors who are helping pay the salary of football coach Mel Tucker.

The Detroit Free Press said Michigan State University (MSU) won’t give up the documents, citing privacy. Attorney Herschel Fink said the deals clearly fall under the state’s public records law.

“The public has a right to know what promises MSU has made in exchange for these gifts, and MSU and these alumni have publicly celebrated their generosity,” Fink said. “There is nothing ‘private’ about these agreements.”

MSU acknowledged Matt Ishbia and Steve St. Andre donated money to help meet a 10-year, $95 million contract for Tucker, who is 13-7 after two seasons in East Lansing.

MSU declined to comment on the lawsuit, which was filed Tuesday in the Court of Claims.

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