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Michigan State football to hire Mel Tucker, per report

Michigan State reportedly is set to hire Colorado football coach Mel Tucker, which would end a wild seven-day search to replace Mark Dantonio, who abruptly and surprisingly retired on Feb. 4 after 13 seasons. 

Tucker, 48, reached an agreement in principle to become the Spartans’ 25th head coach, according to The Athletic’s Bruce Feldman, barely three days after Tucker interviewed with MSU’s search party and announced he was staying with the Buffaloes for a second season.

Contract terms were not immediately available. Tucker’s buyout dropped to $3 million on Dec. 31, per his five-year contract with Colorado. He was set to make $2.675 million in 2020.

Tucker’s change of heart comes after MSU struck out on front-runner Luke Fickell, who caused a stir Monday when he decided to stay at Cincinnati.

MSU initially interviewed Tucker on Friday, after athletic director Bill Beekman landed at Colorado Air and Space Port near Denver on a private plane based out of Lansing.  

On Saturday, Tucker tweeted:

“While I am flattered to be considered for the HC job @MSU_football, I am committed to @CUBuffsFootball for #TheBuild of our program, its great athletes, coaches & supporters. #UnfinishedBusiness #GoBuffs

“We are #Relentless #Culture #TheBuild”

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