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Mel Tucker (right) was hired by Michigan State on Tuesday night to replace Mark Dantonio. Tucker coached at Colorado last season, going 5-7 in his first year.

Michigan State has hired Colorado football coach Mel Tucker, ending a wild seven-day search to replace Mark Dantonio, who abruptly and surprisingly retired on Feb. 4 after 13 seasons.

Tucker, 48, reached a deal early Wednesday to become the Spartans' 25th head coach, according to a source with knowledge of the situation, barely three days after Tucker interviewed with MSU's search party and announced he was staying with the Buffaloes for a second season.

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