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Mark Dantonio, Michigan State Agree to New Contract: Latest Details, Reaction

CHAMPAIGN, IL - NOVEMBER 05: Head coach Mark Dantonio of the Michigan State Spartans is seen before the game against the Illinois Fighting Illini at Memorial Stadium on November 5, 2016 in Champaign, Illinois. (Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images)
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Alec NathanFeatured ColumnistFebruary 17, 2017

The Michigan State Spartans announced Friday that head football coach Mark Dantonio has been signed to a one-year contract extension. 

According to MLive.com's Kyle Austin, the contract extension is "an action taken yearly as spelled out in his six-year, rolling contract signed last January."

News of Dantonio's extension comes after the Spartans went 3-9 in 2016 following a robust 2015 campaign that featured a trip to the College Football Playoff. 

"My sense is that if we had anything to be concerned about, we wouldn't have moved forward with the action today," Michigan State president Lou Anna K. Simon said, per Austin. "We're still looking at everything, because it's in his interests as well."

Dantonio has been the face of Michigan State's football program since he was hired in 2007. Dating back to his first season in East Lansing, Michigan, the Spartans have finished with a losing record twice (2009, 2016) and missed out on a bowl game once (2016). 

Mark Dantonio's Michigan State Resume
SeasonW-LBowl Game
20077-6Lost Champs Sports Bowl
20089-4Lost Capital One Bowl
20096-7Lost Alamo Bowl
201011-2Lost Capital One Bowl
201111-3Won Outback Bowl
20127-6Won Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl
201313-1Won Rose Bowl
201411-2Won Cotton Bowl
201512-2Lost CFP Semifinal
Source: Sports-Reference.com

As those tallies indicate, Dantonio's track record is rather robust on the whole. All told, the Spartans have gone 90-42 (a .682 winning percentage) during his 10 seasons with the program. 

Following a shaky 2016, Dantonio and the Spartans will now turn their attention to rebounding when September rolls around. 

In order to do so, Michigan State will have to find more consistency along the offensive line after they struggled to protect the quarterback and clear lanes for a ground game that ranked 65th in average rushing yards a season ago.  

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