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Notebook: MSU's Dantonio gets five-year deal

| Sunday, Oct. 9, 2011

Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio agreed to a new five-year contract.

The school said Saturday that his annual compensation will increase from $1.8 million to $1.83 million.

The contract includes a base salary of $650,000, up from $618,000, along with several incentives, including a $100,000 bonus for winning the Big Ten Championship game. The deal also allows Dantonio to work for Michigan State's athletic department for two years after he retires from coaching.

Dantonio is in his fifth year. He led the Spartans to a school-record 11 wins last season and a share of the Big Ten title.

Big 12 wants to keep Missouri

Oklahoma State president Burns Hargis, the new chairman of the Big 12's board of directors, said it would be a "real loss to the conference" if Missouri decides to leave, and he expressed hope that the Tigers will stay.

Speaking during halftime of Oklahoma State's game against Kansas, Hargis said the Big 12 would have "a good solid 10" members if Missouri decides to stay and TCU accepts an invitation to join. He said that would allow members to pause and consider whether to remain at 10 schools or expand back to 12.

Hargis said the Big 12 is still considering expansion options and would prefer schools that are in the league's footprint and that would not dilute the revenue the current members are generating. That throws into doubt whether West Virginia would receive an invitation; Louisville, which more closely fits those goals, also has been mentioned.

Clemson's Boyd hurt in win

Quarterback Tajh Boyd passed for a touchdown and ran for another in No. 8 Clemson's 36-14 home victory against Boston College but had to leave in the third quarter after a hard hit.

"It's a complete waste of time to speculate" on the severity of the injury, coach Dabo Swinney said.

Swinney acknowledged things might not be as bad as they looked to the 78,000 who held their breath as Boyd lay on the ground. X-rays taken showed no broken bones, and an MRI at Oconee Medical Center confirmed that diagnosis.

If Boyd can't go, Cole Stoudt -- son of former NFL quarterback Cliff Stoudt -- would start next week at Maryland.

Texas A&M buses vandalized

Texas A&M's team buses were vandalized before the Aggies played Texas Tech last night in Lubbock, with drivers finding manure inside and outside the four vehicles.

Texas A&M athletic director Bill Byrne said manure went "from one end to the other" inside one bus. The others had manure along the exterior. He tweeted that the outside of all the buses had vulgarities "spray painted" on them.

Texas Tech athletic director Kirby Hocutt called the vandalism "unfortunate."

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