There was never any doubt that Michigan State head football coach Mark Dantonio would be getting a big, fat raise after his Spartans' huge success in this year's Rose Bowl game over Stanford. On Tuesday night, the questions of how much more he would make, and when he would make it, were finally answered.
In a press release from the university, officials have finally given details for the new contract and from all accounts, it is quite lucrative. Overall, Dantonio's contract will include extending his current contract for an additional year - taking the coach through the next six years with MSU - and will increase his overall compensation by more than $1.5 million. Dantonio will now make $3.64 million in total compensation, up from his original salary of $1.99 million.
With the raise, Dantonio becomes the third-highest-paid coach in the Big Ten Conference, behind only Urban Meyer (Ohio State) and Kirk Ferentz (Iowa). But Dantonio wasn't the only member of the Spartans' staff to get a boost in their paycheck. All of Dantonio's assistant coaches were afforded raises, making most of them the highest-paid in the conference, and defensive coordinator/assistant head coach, Pat Narduzzi, is now set to earn a staggering $904,853 annually for his duties.
"Mark Dantonio and his assistants have done a remarkable job in putting Michigan State football back on the national map and positioning it to compete for Big Ten Championships on a consistent basis," Michigan State athletic director Mark Hollis said in the announcement. "The amended contract and enhanced compensation reflect his and his coaching staff's value in the current marketplace. These updated figures position Mark and his staff in the upper tier of the Big Ten. We believe that we have not only one of the finest head coaches in the conference but in all of college football, and we feel the same about his assistant coaches."
And Hollis wasn't kidding when he mentioned the phrase "consistent success." Michigan State has won 42 of their last 54 games (.778), dating back to the beginning of the 2010 season. The 42 victories are most in the conference and tied for ninth-most in the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision. MSU has won three straight bowl games - the longest postseason winning streak in program history and the longest active streak in the Big Ten.
In addition, Dantonio has led the Spartans to four top 25 finishes (2008: No. 24 in both polls; 2010: No. 14 in both polls; 2011: No. 10 USA TODAY/No. 11 AP; and 2013: No. 3 in both polls).
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