According to Michigan State Spartans athletic director Mark Hollis, Mark Dantonio has agreed to a new contract with the team.
YouWager experts confirmed that the school wants to make Dantonio one of the three highest-paid coaches in the Big Ten. Moreover, the deal will place his assistants among the three highest-paid staffs in the conference.
The 57 year-old coach’s salary had been in the bottom third of the conference, with him making about $1.9 million per year. The highest-paid coaches in the Big Ten are Ohio State Buckeyes’ Urban Meyer ($4.6 million per year), Michigan Wolverines’ Brady Hoke ($4.15 million) and Iowa Hawkeyes’ Kirk Ferentz ($3.985 million).
The No. 4 Michigan State (13-1) beat No. 5 Stanford Cardinal 24-20 in the Rose Bowl Game presented by Vizio on New Year’s Day, the Spartan’s first appearance in the game in 26 seasons.
Dantonio is 64-29 with the Spartans in seven seasons. And consistent with the stability he has built for the program, Dantonio wanted to keep his entire staff together.
Pat Narduzzi, the 2013 Broyles Award winner as the nation’s top assistant coach, withdrew as a head-coaching candidate with the Connecticut Huskies to remain in East Lansing. He is often credited with helping Michigan State rank among the nation’s top five defenses for three straight years. They are ranked No. 1 overall this college football season