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To own Detroit recruiting, Michigan State football's Mel Tucker must be ready to mend fences

Mel Tucker spent 2019 as head coach at Colorado, where he went 5-7, after three seasons as Georgia defensive coordinator. Detroit Free Press

High school football coaches in Detroit took notice Wednesday when Michigan State football introduced Mel Tucker as the program's 25th head coach.

Tucker, 48, became the second black coach in MSU football history upon being hired to replace Mark Dantonio, who retired Feb. 4 after 13 seasons.

His hiring gives the Big Ten four black head coaches — Maryland's Mike Locksley, Illinois' Lovie Smith and Penn State's James Franklin are the others — and it could pay dividends as he sets out to fulfill his goal of winning recruiting battles in Detroit.