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Spartans reward Mark Dantonio, coaching staff with raises

After leading Michigan State to the College Football Playoff last season, coach Mark Dantonio and his assistants have been rewarded with raises.

The school announced Friday that Dantonio's annual compensation package will increase from $3.67 million to $4.3 million. The contract, which also includes a $4.3 million longevity bonus if Dantonio is still the Spartans coach on Jan. 15, 2020, remains a six-year deal that can be rolled over annually.

Dantonio, who has an 87-33 record at Michigan State, will be paid $1 million if he retires before 2020, and his contract no longer includes a buyout were he to leave for another job.

Michigan State also increased its salary pool for assistants by $250,000. The highest-paid Spartans assistant coach is co-offensive coordinator Dave Warner, who will now make a little more than $447,000.

Michigan State is 36-5 in the past three seasons, including two Big Ten titles, victories in the Rose and Cotton bowls and last season's appearance in the playoff, in which the Spartans lost 38-0 to Alabama in a semifinal.