Mark Dantonio received a New Year's treat Wednesday.
Before his team kicked off in the Rose Bowl, the coach agreed to a new contract with Michigan State. Athletic director Mark Hollis told the Detroit Free Press that the deal would place Dantonio's salary among the top third of Big Ten football coaches.
The Spartans subsequently beat Stanford 24-20 in Pasadena, Calif.
Terms of the new contract were not announced, but the Free Press reported that Dantonio would get a raise from $1.96 million per year, which ranked ninth in the conference, to around $4 million per year.
According to ESPN.com, Texas contacted Dantonio to gauge his interest in moving to Austin. The Longhorns parted ways with longtime coach Mack Brown last month.
"You always hope to have coaches under consideration by other programs -- that means you're achieving success," Hollis told the Free Press. "(Dantonio) and I talk constantly about where we are as a program and what the future holds. We're looking forward to where we can take the Spartans next."
Dantonio, 57, led the Spartans to a 13-1 record this season, including a 34-24 victory over Ohio State in the Big Ten Championship Game.
The Spartans went 8-0 in Big Ten play, and Dantonio was selected the conference's coach of the year.
Over seven seasons in East Lansing, Dantonio has an 82-46 record. The Spartans reached a bowl game in each of his seasons on the job, losing four in a row before winning the past three.