Dantonio has turned a program, once mere speed bump in the 1990’s, into a true Midwestern juggernaut built to last. He did it through smart recruiting, smart assistants, and the old-school football mentality. This vintage vision has been lost in today’s up-tempo, spread offenses that claim they’ll outscore you before they stop you on a fourth and short.
Mark Dantonio’s resume as Michigan State’s skipper includes the program’s first Rose Bowl victory since 1988, beating Michigan five of the last six years, appearing in the Big Ten title game two of the last three years, and boasting the nation’s top defensive unit in 2013.
This top flight run of success has commanded top flight compensation and Dantonio & Co. have been rewarded. Dantonio alone has had his contract extended that will take him through the next six years in East Lansing. His total compensation has jumped up from $1.99 million to $3.64 million according to a release issued by the MSU on Feb 25. This raise will make him the third highest paid head coach in the Big Ten behind Urban Meyer and Kirk Ferentz.
Of course the skipper wasn’t the only one who was rewarded for his efforts. The entire defensive staff who put together the nation’s best unit got raises and defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi is now on the books for $904,853 per year making him the highest paid assistant in the Big Ten (to compare UM’s new offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier is set to make $857,000).
These pay raises weren’t only warranted, but needed. With the amount of money that the Big Ten is generating year after year, success is going to cost a pretty penny. To keep this high powered Dantonio-Narduzzi tandem together, Athletic Director Mark Hollis was going to have to dig deep to keep them around. Therefore ensured that Michigan State football will have the right people in charge to keep the most successful stretch in decades alive.