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Stateside: Hiring of MSU football coach; Whitmer appointment rejected; portraits of black life

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Michigan State University
MSU has garnered criticism for the hiring process used to find longtime football coach Mark Dantonio's replacement. The university hired University of Colorado coach Mel Tucker, who signed a six-year contract for around $30 million.

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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Listen to the full show above or find individual segments below.

Did MSU drop the ball on hiring new football coach Mel Tucker?

Stateside's conversations with John Bacon and Daniel Howes

  • John U. Bacon is a sports commentator for Michigan Radio. 
  • Daniel Howes is a business columnist for the Detroit News.

MSU trustee defends hiring process for new football coach

Stateside’s conversation with Dianne Byrum

  • Dianne Byrum is chair of Michigan State University’s Board of Trustees. 

For first time in nearly 10 years, state Senate rejects a gubernatorial appointment

Stateside’s conversation with Rick Pluta

  • Rick Pluta is Michigan Radio's Capitol Bureau Chief. 

Two Detroit artists on how they use painting, photography to capture complexity of black life

Stateside’s conversation with Sydney James and Justin Milhouse

  • Sydney James is a fine artist and muralist working in Detroit.
  • Justin Milhouse is a photographer and filmmaker who works on both commercial and fine art projects. 

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