Christopher Smith

Mark Dantonio, Michigan State Assistants Get Raises

Created on Feb. 26, 2014 12:54 PM EST

Winning a Big Ten championship and a Rose Bowl comes with a price, as Michigan State confirmed Tuesday night.

The Spartans added a year to the contract of Mark Dantonio and gave him an 83 percent raise to $3.64 million annually. The Big Ten coach of the year now is under contract through 2019.

Michigan State also sweetened the pot for its assistant coaches by more than $750,000, with most of that going to star defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi.

It's becoming harder and harder for schools to hire away top coordinators like Narduzzi, who can afford to be picky with an annual salary that now will top $900,000. Narduzzi won the Broyles Award as the nation's top assistant and generally is thought of, along with Clemson offensive coordinator Chad Morris and Alabama defensive coordinator Kirby Smart, as one of the best assistants annually.

"Mark Dantonio and his assistants have done a remarkable job in putting Michigan State football back on the national map and positioning it to compete for Big Ten Championships on a consistent basis,” athletic director Mark Hollis said in a statement. “The amended contract and enhanced compensation reflect his and his coaching staff’s value in the current marketplace.”

Reports surfaced early in January about a new deal for Dantonio, so everybody knew this was coming, but no one knew the final price tag.

The contract includes several sweeteners for Dantonio, including 25 hours of access to a private plane for personal use and an opportunity to work for the Michigan State athletic department for up to five years after he retires from coaching, according to

Dantonio is 64-29 at Michigan State and now is thought to be the fifth-highest paid coach in the Big Ten.

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