Michigan State's Dantonio gets new contract

Published October 08, 2011

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Michigan State head football coach Mark Dantonio has been rewarded with a new contract that increases his yearly pay from $1.8 million to $1.83 million.

The length of Dantonio's contract remained the same as before -- a five-year roll over deal -- but his base salary increased $32,000 to $650,000 and some of his performance bonuses were restructured.

He will get a $100,000 bonus for winning the Big Ten Championship Game, while a $2 million bonus he was to receive if he remained head coach of the Spartans until 2016 has been bumped up two years to 2014.

Dantonio, who was hired in 2006, led Michigan State to a school-record 11 wins last season and a share of the program's first Big Ten championship in 20 years.

The contract restructuring was announced Saturday during an off-week for the team. University president Lou Anna K. Simon said in a statement that the contract "symbolizes the long-term commitment so essential for a successful program."

"I know I speak for the entire Spartan family when I say that we are pleased and proud of the success of the Spartan football program under coach Dantonio," Simon said.

The annual compensation components of Dantonio's new contract are: a $650,000 base salary, $869,000 of supplemental income, a $100,000 shoe and apparel agreement, a $200,000 contingent annual base salary and $13,000 in benefits.

Dantonio missed several games last season while recovering from a mild heart attack and a blood clot in his leg. He said in a statement that the new contract signifies a long-term commitment from himself and the university.

"It also lets Spartan Nation know that I deeply appreciate their loyal support and that I'm here for the long haul," he said.

The 4-1 Spartans host Michigan next week.

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