Michigan State head football coach Mark Dantonio has been rewarded with a pay raise after leading the Spartans to a Big Ten title and the College Football Playoff in 2015.
According to an announcement from the university, Dantonio’s salary will go from $3.67 million to $4.3 million per season and the rest of the coaching staff will receive raises as well.
“With a berth in the College Football Playoff this past season, coach Dantonio has again shown his excellence in building a nationally prominent football program,” university president Lou Anna K. Simon said in the announcement. “He is an outstanding leader committed to MSU’s values who empowers his players to become the best Spartans they can be, whether on the field, in the classroom or as part of the MSU community.”
Dantonio has been manning the sidelines in East Lansing since 2007 and has gone 87-33 (52-20 Big Ten) in his tenure. He has led Michigan State to three conference titles and wins in the Rose and Cotton Bowls. He holds a bowl record of 4-5 with the Spartans and has also coached at Cincinnati, going 105-50 for his entire career.
And Dantonio is more than deserving of this raise. Michigan State is 36-5 in the past three years and ranked 15th in the nation in rushing defense in 2015, shutting down the offensive attack of a feisty Iowa Hawkeyes team in the Big Ten Championship Game.
Michigan State is losing some key players to the upcoming NFL Draft, namely star quarterback Connor Cook, but Dantonio is a strong enough recruiter that the Spartans will continue to contend for a national championship, thus allowing him to earn every penny of his new salary.