Dantonio Signs Amended Contract; Assistant Coaches Earn Raises
The revised contract and enhanced compensation position Mark Dantonio and his coaching staff in the upper tier of the Big Ten.
Feb. 25, 2014
EAST LANSING, Mich. - Michigan State head football coach Mark Dantonio, who has compiled a 64-29 record (.688) in his first seven seasons including a school-record seven consecutive postseason bowl appearances, has been rewarded with a revised contract, according to a joint announcement made Tuesday, Feb. 25 by MSU Athletics Director Mark Hollis and MSU President Lou Anna K. Simon.
Dantonio led the Spartans to a school-record 13 wins in 2013, including a 24-20 victory over Stanford in the 2014 Rose Bowl Game, and a No. 3 ranking in the final Associated Press and USA TODAY Polls. It marked MSU's highest finish in the national polls since 1966 when the Spartans ranked No. 2 in the AP and United Press International Polls with a 9-0-1 record. Michigan State (13-1) became just the third team in Big Ten history to win at least 13 games in a season (Minnesota, 1904; and Ohio State, 2002).
In its first-ever Bowl Championship Series appearance, Michigan State rallied from its largest deficit of the season - twice trailing Stanford by 10 points (0-10 and 7-17) - for a 24-20 victory over the Cardinal in the 100th Rose Bowl Game. The Spartans closed out the 2013 season with a 10-game winning streak, including back-to-back wins over second-ranked Ohio State in the Big Ten Championship Game and fifth-ranked Stanford.
Dantonio earned 2013 Big Ten Coach of the Year honors after leading the Spartans to a perfect 8-0 conference record for the first time in school history and claimed the program's second Legends Division title in three seasons. Michigan State became the 14th Big Ten team to post an 8-0 mark in league play. The Spartans became the first Big Ten team to win all eight of its conference games by double-digit points since the league went to an eight-game schedule in 1971. In addition, MSU became the first undefeated Big Ten team to win all of its league games by double-figure points since Michigan in 1943 (6-0 record).
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).
From his first day on the job, Dantonio has pledged to support student-athletes as they pursue excellence, both in the classroom and on the playing field. In his first seven seasons, 80 percent (98 of 123) of his Michigan State players who have completed their eligibility have earned their undergraduate degrees. In addition, his players have earned Academic All-Big Ten honors 87 times, including five Academic All-Americans.
Under the amended terms, a year has been added to the length of Dantonio's contract, making it a six-year rollover. In addition, increases have been made to his base salary (from $682,905 to $2 million), supplemental income (from $869,000 to $1 million) and contingent annual base (from $200,000 to $286,000). Under the new terms, Dantonio will have access to a private airplane for 25 hours of personal use. He also will continue to receive $100,000 from his shoe/apparel agreement and $50,000 guaranteed performance incentives.
The amended contract now provides Dantonio with an opportunity to work for the MSU Athletics Department for five years (previously two years) after he retires from coaching, and the buy-out provisions have been modified.
With the revisions, Dantonio's annual compensation increases from $1.99 million to $3.64 million.
Here are the annual compensation components of the amended contract:
$2,000,000 base salary
$1,000,000 supplemental income
$286,000 contingent annual bonus
$100,000 shoe/apparel agreement
$50,000 guaranteed performance incentives
Hollis also announced that nearly $785,000 has been allocated to enhance the salaries of the assistant coaches.
Here are the updated salary figures (includes annual retention bonus) for the football coaching 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
"Under Coach Dantonio's leadership, the MSU football program not only has risen in national prominence but also continues to develop well-rounded student-athletes who have gone on to great careers in a variety of fields," President Simon said. "Week in and week out, Coach Dantonio empowers our players to meet and exceed their goals. That laser focus, sense of family and value-based work ethic are what being a Spartan is all about."
"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," Hollis said. "The amended contract and enhanced compensation reflect his and his coaching staff's value in the current marketplace. These updated figures position Mark and his staff in the upper tier of the Big Ten. We believe that we have not only one of the finest head coaches in the conference but in all of college football, and we feel the same about his assistant coaches.
"Continuity has been and will continue to be an important ingredient for the sustained success of our football program. The increased compensation isn't simply a reward for past performance but signifies our expectation for continued excellence.
"Mark has demonstrated his outstanding leadership abilities in building the program for the long haul. He and his coaching staff have created a winning culture, based upon communication, leadership and counsel. Mark and his assistants have created a positive environment for current and future student-athletes to grow and develop as both students and athletes.
"They're committed to preparing our student-athletes for their professional careers, whether in professional football or other walks of life," Hollis continued. "It's obvious that Mark and his staff strive to build relationships that will last well beyond the four- or five-year experience on our campus."
"The University continues to make a commitment to provide all of the necessary tools to build and sustain a championship-caliber football program," Dantonio said. "I want to thank President Simon, Mark Hollis and the entire administration for their trust and loyalty.
"Coaching staff stability is extremely important for the long-term success of a program. We have outstanding coaches and support personnel. We're very excited about what our program has accomplished over the last seven years, and we believe the best is yet to come.
"Our focus will be to continue winning championships," Dantonio continued. "We have proven that we can consistently compete with the top teams in the country. As we move forward, we will continue to dream big."