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Mark Dantonio signs revised contract, assistant football coaches receive raises

February 19, 2016
<p>Head coach Mark Dantonio, left, MSU president Lou Anna K Simon and athletic director Mark Hollis hold the trophy after the 100th Rose Bowl game against Stanford on Jan. 1, 2014, in Pasadena, Calif. The Spartans defeated the Cardinals, 24-20. Julia Nagy/The State News</p>

Head coach Mark Dantonio, left, MSU president Lou Anna K Simon and athletic director Mark Hollis hold the trophy after the 100th Rose Bowl game against Stanford on Jan. 1, 2014, in Pasadena, Calif. The Spartans defeated the Cardinals, 24-20. Julia Nagy/The State News

Photo by Julia Nagy | The State News

MSU Athletics Director Mark Hollis and MSU President Lou Anna K. Simon announced Friday the revision of head football coach Mark Dantonio’s contract, as well as salary raises for his assistant coaches, according to a Spartan Athletics press release.

Dantonio’s base salary has been raised from $2 million to $2.26 million, according to the release, and his contingent annual bonus sparked from $286,000 to $700,000. The revision also includes a one-time, $4.3 million bonus if Dantonio remains head coach through Jan. 15, 2020. The contract was and still is a six-year roll over deal.

If Dantonio retires before 2020, he will be provided with a one-year, post-coaching employment salary of $1 million. If Dantonio decides to leave his employment at MSU, however, his buy-out provision has been eliminated. The revision brings Dantonio’s overall annual compensation from $3.67 million to $4.3 million, according to the release.

Here are the annual compensation components of the amended contract:

  • $2,264,480 base compensation
  • $1,000,000 supplemental compensation
  • $700,000 contingent annual bonus
  • $185,520 benefits
  • $100,000 Nike shoe/apparel agreement
  • $50,000 guaranteed performance incentives

As for the assistant coaches, Hollis said nearly $250,000 has been allocated to enhance their salaries. The new assistant salaries are as follows, which includes a contingent annual bonus:

  • co-offensive coordinator/running backs coach Dave Warner – $447,184
  • assistant head coach/co-defensive coordinator Harlon Barnett – $437,434
  • co-offensive coordinator/tight ends coach Jim Bollman – $437,434
  • co-defensive coordinator/linebackers coach Mike Tressel – $437,434
  • quarterbacks coach/recruiting coordinator Brad Salem – $337,686
  • offensive line coach Mark Staten – $337,686
  • defensive line coach Ron Burton – $327,687
  • wide receivers coach Terrence Samuel – $327,687
  • linebackers/special teams coach Mark Snyder – $327,687

The assistants' previous total salaries are as follows, according to USA Today:

  • co-offensive coordinator/running backs coach Dave Warner – $423,499
  • assistant head coach/co-defensive coordinator Harlon Barnett – $412,349
  • co-offensive coordinator/tight ends coach Jim Bollman –  $411,749
  • co-defensive coordinator/linebackers coach Mike Tressel – $411,749
  • quarterbacks coach/recruiting coordinator Brad Salem – $312,651
  • offensive line coach Mark Staten – $314,251
  • defensive line coach Ron Burton – $304,002
  • wide receivers coach Terrence Samuel – $302,902
  • linebackers/special teams coach Mark Snyder – $302,002

“The amended contract and enhanced compensation reflect (Dantonio) and his coaching staff’s value in the current marketplace,” Hollis said in the release. “These updated figures ensure that Mark and his assistants remain in the upper tier of the Big Ten. Mark and his staff have created a winning culture as well as an environment that encourages current and future student-athletes to pursue excellence in the classroom, in the community and on the playing field. It’s obvious that Mark and his assistants are committed to building relationships that will last well beyond their four- or five-year college experience.” 

Dantonio also made a statement in the release.

“The University remains committed to providing all of the tools necessary to sustain a championship-caliber football program,” Dantonio said. “I wish to thank President Simon, Mark Hollis, the Board of Trustees and the entire administration for their trust, loyalty and support."

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