Dantonio says he intends to stay at Michigan State

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 1, 2014 at 11:17 pm •  Published: January 1, 2014
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PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio says his "intentions are to be at Michigan State." If he does, it sounds as if a big raise is coming his way.

Dantonio is reportedly a coach Texas has been considering as a possible replacement for Mack Brown. After Dantonio led the Spartans to a 24-20 victory over Stanford in the Rose Bowl on Wednesday, he was asked about being linked to some high-profile positions and the possibility a new contract at Michigan State is in the works.

Dantonio said: "That's very flattering, but it would be hard to leave these guys. So while it's very, very flattering, my intentions are to be at Michigan State. That's all I'll say about those things. I'll look forward to seeing my guys back on Monday morning for classes."

Before the game, athletic director Mark Hollis told the Detroit Free Press in a text message that Michigan State intends to make Dantonio one of the three highest paid coaches in the Big Ten. Dantonio makes about $1.9 million per year. The highest paid coaches in the Big Ten, according to USA Today's most recently updated data base of coaches' salaries, are Ohio State's Urban Meyer ($4.6 million per year), Michigan's Brady Hoke ($4.15 million) and Iowa's Kirk Ferentz ($3.985 million).

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