The Michigan State University board of trustees approved football coach Mark Dantonio’s annual contract extension in a meeting Friday morning. He is now under contract until 2024.
Dantonio’s six-year contract, signed in 2016, stipulates that a year be added each offseason on a rolling basis. According to a reporter at the meeting, the board approved the one-year add-on “without discussion.”
The MSU board also approved head football coach Mark Dantonio's contract for another year without discussion.
— Kim Kozlowski (@kimberkoz) February 16, 2018
Dantonio has been Michigan State’s head coach since 2007. The Spartans bounced back from a 3-9 season in 2016 to finish 10-3 in 2017.
ESPN’s Outside the Lines report on Michigan State levied accusations that Dantonio and men’s basketball coach Tom Izzo handled accusations of sexual misconduct and violence against women within the program, an accusation both coaches have denied.
One part of the report alleged Dantonio punished a player accused of sexual assault by having the player call his mother, a part of the report Dantonio specifically denied during a press conference the day the report was released.
“I’m here tonight to say that any accusations of my handling of any complaints of sexual assault individually are completely false,” he said
“Every incident reported in that article was documented by either police or the Michigan State Title IX office. I’ve always worked with the proper authorities when dealing with cases of sexual assault. We have always had high standards at this program, and that will never change. The values that we teach to everyone in this program will be enforced. We’ve also always tackled problems here head-on and dealt with issues. When we find out about the problems, it has come from the police or the university authorities. I can assure you as in last year’s incidents, I also immediately reported them to the proper authorities. That’s really all I have to say.”
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