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Today on Stateside, we're digging deeper into the hiring of Mel Tucker, his around $30 million compensation package, and the process governing sports hiring at Michigan's Big 3 schools. Plus, two African American artists in Detroit talk about finding a canvas big enough to tell real stories.

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Michigan State University has a new football coach. The school announced Wednesday that Mel Tucker will replace Mark Dantonio next season.

Dantonio retired from MSU last week after 13 seasons with the school. Tucker was previously the head coach at the University of Colorado.

Mark Dantonio at a podium
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This time of year, college football fans are often buzzing about incoming recruits. But in East Lansing this week, the big news was departure. After 13 seasons, Mark Dantonio retired as Michigan State's football coach. There are questions about the timing of his announcement and the future of the program.

Michigan State's Mark Dantonio announces retirement

Feb 4, 2020

Michigan State University football coach Mark Dantonio is retiring after a 13-year run.

Defensive coordinator Mike Tressel will be the acting head coach while Michigan State seeks a replacement.

Dantonio has more wins than any other coach in the program's history. He also won three Big Ten championships, a Rose Bowl and an appearance in the College Football Playoff. 

In a statement first released on social media, Dantonio said his retirement "marks one of the most difficult decisions that I have ever made here at Michigan State." 

 

John U. Bacon

Michigan and Michigan State both faced highly ranked opponents last weekend.

The unranked Spartans suffered a couple bad losses, and entered last week’s game looking for a miracle against eighth-ranked Penn State at Penn State, no less, one of the toughest places to play. But the Spartans pulled the upset, earning them a 4-2 record and a return to the top 25.