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Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Dantonio, assistants cash in on success

By Brian Bennett

Mark Dantonio and his coaching staff led Michigan State to a Big Ten title, Rose Bowl victory and No. 3 final national ranking. And to the victors go the spoils.

Dantonio was promised a pay raise after the Rose Bowl win, and the details of that bump were announced on Tuesday night. Dantonio will now make $3.64 million, and a year has been added to his contract to make it a six-year rollover deal. He had been making about $1.9 million per year, and this new contract puts him closer to the top of the Big Ten, though he still ranks behind Urban Meyer, Kirk Ferentz, Brady Hoke and James Franklin.

Maybe just as important for the Spartans was the news that an extra $785,000 was allocated to the assistant coaches' salary pool. The biggest beneficiary of that was defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi, who saw his pay increase to $904,583. That makes him now the highest-paid assistant coach in the Big Ten, and the way his defense has performed in recent seasons, he's worth every penny. We're getting closer and closer to the first $1 million coordinator in the league.

Dantonio, Narduzzi and the other Spartans assistants earned their pay raises through the team's performance last season, and it's good to see Michigan State step up and reward them for it.