In 2011, Michigan State led the Big Ten in total defense, rushing defense, third-down defense and interceptions. Today it was announced the man behind that success, defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi, will be rewarded, according to the Lansing State Journal.
Narduzzi signed a three-year extension worth a base salary of $500,000. As part of that deal, a $250,000 buyout must be paid to Michigan State, if he leaves the Spartans to become a coordinator at another school. If he leaves to become a head coach, that buyout does not need to be paid.
Earlier this year, Narduzzi turned down an offer to become the defensive coordinator at Texas A&M. The offer was said to be significantly more than Michigan State was paying him at the time.
He has been the defensive coordinator at Michigan State since 2007.