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Michigan State AD confirms report of new Mark Dantonio deal

By Jerry Hinnen | Staff Writer

Mark Dantonio won Michigan State's first Rose Bowl since 1988. (USATSI)
Mark Dantonio won Michigan State's first Rose Bowl since 1988. (USATSI)
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.

Hollis added to the Free-Press that he could not yet release specifics on the deal, and it wasn't immediately clear if Dantonio has signed the extension or any other formal agreement.

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:

So a very good trip for Dantonio ... and maybe an even better one for Michigan State.

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