Michigan State nearly doubles Mark Dantonio’s salary, gives raises to staff
Remember when the Texas Longhorns were reportedly interested in throwing big-time money at Mark Dantonio?
Seems like Michigan State remembered that, too.
MSU has bumped Dantonio's salary up from $1.99 million to $3.64 million, the athletic department announced Tuesday. That makes Dantonio one of the nation's 15 most-paid college football coaches.
The Spartans have won 42 of their last 54 games (.778), dating back to the beginning of the 2010 season. The 42 wins are most in the Big Ten and tied for ninth most in the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision. The Spartans have won three straight bowl games - the longest postseason winning streak in program history and the longest active streak in the Big Ten.
During his tenure, Dantonio has led Michigan State to four Top 25 finishes (2008: No. 24 in both polls; 2010: No. 14 in both polls; 2011: No. 10 USA TODAY/No. 11 AP; and 2013: No. 3 in both polls).
MSU has also given raises to Dantonio's staff, most notable among them Pat Narduzzi, the defensive coordinator who has garnered interest nationally in recent years.
Here are the salaries for the staff:
• assistant head coach/defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi - $904,583
• co-offensive coordinator/tight ends coach Jim Bollman - $368,333
• secondary coach Harlon Barnett - $260,000
• defensive line coach Ron Burton - $243,750
• quarterbacks coach/recruiting coordinator Brad Salem - $254,583
• wide receivers coach Terrence Samuel - $243,750
• offensive line coach Mark Staten - $254,583
• linebackers/special teams coach Mike Tressel - $260,000
• co-offensive coordinator/running backs coach Dave Warner - $379,167