After one of the best seasons in school history which saw the Michigan State Spartans win an unprecedented 13 games and the team’s first Rose Bowl in over 20 years, head coach Mark Dantonio and his staff are now much wealthier. Putting together one of the most successful seasons in school history was enough to revise Dantonio’s contract, giving him $1.65 million more than he made in 2013.
Dantonio’s salary is set to be about $3.64 million and that will make him the third-highest paid coach in the Big Ten behind Ohio State Buckeyes‘ Urban Meyer($4.6 million), Michigan Wolverines‘ Brady Hoke($4.15 million) and Iowa Hawkeyes‘ Kirk Ferentz($3.98 million).
While he isn’t quite the highest paid coach in the conference despite more Rose Bowl victories than all of the highest-paid coaches combined, he is one of the more hard-working and humble coaches around — he doesn’t need the huge contract to make him feel a sense of self-worth.
Not only did Dantonio put together a 13-win season in 2013 as well as Rose Bowl victory and third-straight bowl victory, he has put together a combined 64-29(.688) record in seven seasons with the Spartans — making a bowl appearance in every season.
Dantonio isn’t the only one to receive a tremendous raise, however, as defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi has become the highest-paid assistant coach in the conference, now making $904,583. That’s a pretty hefty salary, but when you’re the best defensive coordinator in the conference and possibly the best in the nation, you deserve a big payday.
The rest of the staff received raises as well. It’s about time this staff got a raise for their impressive work with the Michigan State program.
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