Former Michigan State head football coach Mark Dantonio has agreed to take an indefinite furlough in his new role with the athletic department, according to a report from the Detroit Free Press.

Dantonio, who retired in early February, took on a new role to assist in donor relations within the Michigan State athletic department. He agreed to a $100,000 annual contract, but because of the COVID-19 pandemic, has agreed to take an indefinite furlough.

“As the global pandemic has drastically reduced those opportunities, Dantonio graciously and willingly volunteered for an indefinite furlough,” said Matt Larson, Michigan State’s associated AD for communications.

Dantonio spent 13 seasons as the head coach at Michigan State, compiling a 114-57 record and winning three B1G titles during his tenure. He decided to step down a month after the 2019 season ended, with the Spartans finishing with a 7-6 reocrd.

Michigan State hired Mel Tucker to take Dantonio’s place for the 2020 season. The Spartans open the campaign against Rutgers on Oct. 24.