In 2011, Michigan State’s defense finished in the Top 10 nationally in nearly every major statistical category, from tenth in scoring defense to ninth in rushing defense to seventh in sacks to sixth in total defense.
Thanks to that performance — as well as his name being attached to head-coaching openings late last year, we suspect — the leader of that defense is going to realize a very substantial bump in salary.
According to the Lansing State Journal, defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi, along with the other eight assistants on Mark Dantonio’s coaching staff, will receive raises for 2012 that will total more than $530,000. Narduzzi is scheduled to make $500,000 in guaranteed compensation this year; last year, that number was at $233,000.
The next highest-paid assistant on Dantonio’s staff, offensive coordinator Dan Roushar, will make just over $300,000.
Narduzzi, who will be entering his sixth season at the school, would’ve been the third-highest-paid assistant in the Big Ten last year — Michigan defensive coordinator Greg Mattison ($708,000), now-former Illinois offensive coordinator Paul Petrino ($525,000) — according to figures obtained by USA Today. He was connected to head-coaching vacancies at Illinois and Akron late last year, as well as being the object a significant push by Texas A&M to become its new coordinator.
Add it all up, and it means a much larger bank account for Narduzzi in the coming months.
“I think coach Narduzzi’s going to be a head coach,” athletic director Mark Hollis told the Detroit Free Press Thursday. “I think coach Narduzzi believes in this program. What we did is we sat down and said, ‘Here’s a compensation that gets you in the frame, but also an opportunity for you to achieve what you really want to achieve, which is a head coaching position.’ He and some of the other (assistant) positions were very far off from the norm, and now I believe they’re in the norm.”
The Free Press reported that the raises for the staff ranged from $18,500 (wide receivers coach Terrence Samuel, defensive line coach Ted Gill) to $267,000 (Narduzzi). Roushar received a $75,000 raise, the second-largest increase of the nine assistants.