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Florida State Signs Jimbo Fisher To New Five-Year Deal Worth Reported $21M
Published January 2, 2014
COMING UP ROSES: Michigan State AD Mark Hollis yesterday said that football coach Mark Dantonio "will be among the top three Big Ten coaches in terms of salary with his new deal." In Detroit, Joe Rexrode notes that salary "could potentially mean an increase" from $1.96M -- ninth in the Big Ten -- to the $4M range, "based on the current salaries of the top three" (DETROIT FREE PRESS, 1/2). The highest-paid Big Ten coaches are Ohio State's Urban Meyer at $4.6M, Michigan's Brady Hoke at $4.15M and Iowa's Kirk Ferentz at $3.985M. A source said that Dantonio's deal also "will place his assistants among the three highest-paid staffs in the conference" (ESPN.com, 1/1).
MASS APPEAL: The BOSTON HERALD reported UMass has hired Florida-based Carr Sports Consulting "to assist in identifying potential candidates" for its open football coach position. The school said that it "hopes to hire a new coach by mid-January" (BOSTONHERALD.com, 12/31).