Mark Dantonio had himself quite a time in Pasadena.
Yes, there was the 24-20 victory over Stanford for his Michigan State program's first Rose Bowl championship in 26 years. But Dantonio is now also set to become one of the Big Ten's best-paid coaches, with athletic director Mark Hollis confirming to the Detroit Free-Press Wednesday that a new contract for Dantonio will place him among the league's top three coaches in salary.
With Urban Meyer, Brady Hoke and Kirk Ferentz all at $4 million per season (or in Ferentz's case, very close to it), Dantonio's new salary would almost certainly make him a member of the same $4 million-or-more club.
ESPN reported Wednesday that Dantonio's new contract would put him in the Big Ten's top three, and that -- as expected -- Texas had reached out to Dantonio to gauge his interest in its vacant coaching position.
Hollis said he expects Dantonio back, and Dantonio echoed that after the game:
Dantonio on coaching rumors: "Very happy at Michigan state ... While it's very, very flattering my intention is to stay at Michigan State."— George Schroeder (@GeorgeSchroeder) January 2, 2014
So a very good trip for Dantonio ... and maybe an even better one for Michigan State.