MSU shows Dantonio the money

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EAST LANSING, MI (TheSpread) – After its first Rose Bowl win since 1988, Michigan State is making sure Mark Dantonio is a happy man.

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On Tuesday, it was announced through ESPN.com that Dantonio has been given a pay raise to $3.64 million annually along with an additional year on his contract, making it a current six-year deal.

Along with the pay increase for Dantonio, his assistants were also compensated as an additional $785,000 was allocated to his coaching staff. Leading that was defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi, who will now earn $904,583 per season, making him the highest-paid assistant in the Big Ten.

Dantonio and Narduzzi have turned Michigan State around. The Spartans have had one of the top defenses in the country under Narduzzi and Dantonio has led MSU to a 42-12 record since 2010, including a win in this year’s Rose Bowl over Stanford to go along with a Big Ten Championship.

According to oddsmakers at Bovada.lv, Michigan State has been given 20/1 odds to win the 2015 College Football FBS Championship. The Spartans have seven teams with shorter odds, led by Florida State, which is the favorite with 15/4 odds. Ohio State is the only other Big Ten team with shorter odds than MSU, as the Buckeyes have 9/1 odds.

The 2014 College Football season gets started on Aug. 30 for Michigan State when the Spartans host Jacksonville State. MSU has a big game early in the season, traveling to Oregon on Sept. 6.

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