Michigan State's Rose Bowl win was quite profitable for coach Mark Dantonio.
He signed a new contract after the Spartans finished the 2013 season 13-1 and champions of the Rose Bowl over Stanford. After he was paid just under $2 million for the 2013 season, Dantonio will make $3.64 million in 2014.
In 2013, Dantonio ranked No. 50 in the country in base compensation, according to USA Today. His new salary would have placed him 11th.
But that's not the only perk he received when he signed the contract in February. The Detroit Free Press obtained details from Dantonio's contract in an open records request and published some key figures on Sunday.
If Dantonio is fired between now and Jan. 15 2017, the school owes him $10.5 million, or just below three years' salary at his new rate. If Dantonio decides to leave for a new job before Jan. 15, 2017, he (or his next employer) owes the school $5 million.
He also gets 25 hours of private plane time for personal use each year. That's some nice flexibility for vacations or golf trips.
It's clearly a contract set up for Dantonio to have a lifetime job at the school. He even has a provision in the deal similar to Mack Brown's at Texas, where after his retirement, he's assured of a two-year job in the MSU athletic department at $200,000 a year.
But we all saw how awkward it became over 2013 in Brown's final days as coach. While Michigan State feels it's taking any risk of Dantonio leaving out of this contract, there is potential for similar awkwardness at Michigan State, however miniscule the chances may be currently. And for MSU, it's a risk worth taking with visions of more roses in the future after its first trip to Pasadena since 1988.
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