Mark Dantonio gets extension
Fresh off a Rose Bowl victory and No. 3 final national ranking, Michigan State Spartans head coach Mark Dantonio and his assistants are getting a healthy pay raise.
The school announced Tuesday evening that Dantonio will now earn $3.64 million annually, and a year has been added to his contract to make it a six-year rollover deal. The eighth-year Spartans boss had been making about $1.9 million per year; this new contract ranks fifth in the Big Ten behind Ohio State's Urban Meyer, Iowa's Kirk Ferentz, Michigan's Brady Hoke and new Penn State coach James Franklin.
Michigan State also allocated an additional $785,000 to the assistant coaches' salary pool. The biggest beneficiary of that was defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi, who saw his pay increase to $904,583, nearly doubling his previous salary. That makes him now the highest-paid assistant coach in the Big Ten.
Dantonio is 64-29 with the Spartans and was the Big Ten coach of the year in 2013. The Spartans are 42-12 since 2010 and won their first Rose Bowl since 1988 by beating Stanford 24-20 on New Year's Day.
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