Michigan State football assistants get pay bumps


Michigan State offensive coordinator Brad Salem now is the highest-paid assistant coach on that side of the ball. Under the terms of his latest deal, Salem’s base salary is set at $517,847, according to figures provided to Spartan Tailgate by MSU.

Salem received the biggest pay raise — an increase of $115,385 — on Mark Dantonio’s staff compared to 2018 salary figures reported by the Detroit News.

Defensive coordinator Mike Tressel, who is going into his second season as the solo coordinator, is the highest-paid assistant coach with a base salary of $667,385. That’s an increase from $572,308, according to the Detroit News.

Defensive tackles coach Ron Burton, defensive ends coach Chuck Bullough, defensive backs coach Paul Haynes and wide receivers coach Don Treadwell all saw their base salaries rise as well. Burton now makes $424,616; Bullough $387,693; Haynes $415,385; and Treadwell $318,847.

Dantonio’s base pay from the university is $2,321,091, though his total compensation last year exceeded $4.3 million, according to USA Today’s salary database.

Dantonio reassigned coaching duties on his offensive staff after a 7-6 season, putting Salem in charge of revitalizing a unit that ranked 117th in total offense and 126th in scoring. Salem moved from coaching quarterbacks to running backs, and Treadwell rejoined the offensive staff after previously serving as OC under Dantonio in his first stint in East Lansing.

Dave Warner (base salary $516,924) became the quarterbacks coach, Jim Bollman ($498,462) moved to offensive line and Mark Staten ($402,462) now handles tight ends. Terrence Samuel ($387,693) now works as a defensive backs assistant after serving as wide receivers coach.

“We don’t need to cut off a limb. We need to create circulation,” Dantonio said of his offensive restructuring in January. “New ideas, a new pattern, new teaching, even if it’s just a different person, different face. Plenty of corporations in America today move people from place to place within that corporation to try and invigorate more growth. And that’s all we’re trying to do here. We’ve done that before in the past. Continuity has been something that we’ve stressed here, and I believe in that. Other people want change all the time; I believe in continuity.”

Defensively, Tressel orchestrated a unit that ranked No. 1 nationally against the run, No. 10 in total defense and No. 8 in scoring defense. He added the title of assistant head coach in the offseason.

The Spartans will open their 2019 season at home on Aug. 30 against Tulsa.

All assistant pay increases compared to their 2018 salaries, per the Detroit News, are below:

  • Chuck Bullough ($350,770 to $387,693)
  • Ron Burton ($387,693 to $424,616)
  • Paul Haynes ($378,463 to $415,385)
  • Brad Salem ($402,462 to $517,847)
  • Don Treadwell ($267,693 to $318,847)
  • Mike Tressel ($572,308 to $667,385)

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