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, , 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.

, the deal will double Tucker’s $3.2 million salary pool for assistant coaches, increase the Michigan State strength and conditioning staff budget and “more than double” Tucker’s $2.675 million salary. 

Tucker’s buyout at Colorado dropped to $3 million on Dec. 31, per his five-year contract with Colorado. 

Tucker’s change of heart comes after MSU struck out

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