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Dantonio signs new contract, says he’s at MSU ‘for the long haul’

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Unranked Michigan State may have been enjoying their bye Saturday, but that doesn’t mean there was no news coming out of East Lansing this weekend.

In a release, the school announced that they have reached an agreement on a new contract with head coach Mark Dantonio.  While there were no new years added to the deal — as explained by the school’s official website, Dantonio remains on a five-year rollover contract, which means the school will always be obligated to pay off five years of his contract if there is a premature parting of the ways — Dantonio did receive a bump in annual pay as well as other incentives.

Dantonio’s annual income will jump from its current $1.8 million to $1.83 million under the terms of the new deal.  Among other incentives, a $100,000 bonus for the Spartans winning the Big Ten championship game has been added to the tweaked contract.

Additionally, the date of a $2 million contingency bonus, previously set to be paid if Dantonio coaches the team through 2016, has been moved up two years to 2014.

“This new contract expresses the loyalty that I have to our current student-athletes and their families and sends a clear message to the current and future recruits that I will be their head coach at Michigan State,” Dantonio said. “It also lets Spartan Nation know that I deeply appreciate their loyal support and that I’m here for the long haul.”

During his four-plus seasons with the Spartans, Dantonio has compiled a 37-20 record, including 21-12 in Big Ten play.

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4 Responses to “Dantonio signs new contract, says he’s at MSU ‘for the long haul’”
  1. paulbrownsrevenge says: Oct 9, 2011 11:47 AM

    Come on Mark, come back home to Ohio. Where all the good coaches come from.

  2. 10kmp says: Oct 9, 2011 12:06 PM

    I like Dantonio. Good guy. Good, solid coach. Now, having said that, IMO he’s where he belongs: at a solid program in a BCS conference. He is not an Ohio State level HC. At MSU, like it or not, 8-4 or 9-3, coupled with a ten win season once a decade is more than enough to keep the administration off your rear end, and to get you a nice little raise every few years. 37-20 over four years gets you fired at Ohio State. At MSU it gets you a contract extension/raise. It’s a basketball school with a solid football program, and Dantonio is a perfect fit.

  3. harbourimages says: Oct 9, 2011 1:44 PM

    I’m sure “THE” Ohio State fans are praying for Urban Meyer rather than the unethical Tressel’s buddy, Dantonio, to help lift them out of their current scandalous quagmire. Frankly, I thought Meyer would turn them down and he still might. I figured they’d end up with Dantonio for obvious reasons. As a Michigan man of course I’d prefer they bring back Cooper (yeah, that’ll happen) after the past several years of getting killed by their “shrubs” (a “buckeye” IS a shrub, right?). I hope Meyer doesn’t take the job, naturally, also for obvious reasons (look at his record). We’ll see. While 10kmp’s post is heavily condescending regarding MSU, I must grudgingly admit it’s also pretty accurate… THESE days… although for those old enough to remember him, back in the Duffy Daugherty days MSU teams kicked butt. Duffy’s 1965 and 1966 teams won national championships, and his teams were 109–69–5. They sure were a football school in those days, and while they have done okay and handled us easily the last few years, so has everyone else under Rich Rod, so that’s no big deal! Fortunately we hired the right coach this time, and we are on the road to being competitive again, especially next year based on recruiting. We’ll see how that goes as well…. Go Blue!

  4. mdnittlion says: Oct 9, 2011 9:28 PM

    It’s hard to win at MSU even Nick Saban couldn’t. I’m happy MSU kept Dantonio, here’s to hoping he finally gets that signature bowl win he needs to set his legacy.

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