In a bit of an eyebrow raiser, Ohio State announced pay increases for many of its assistant football coaches today. Some are quite significant and show the continued commitment to being as competitive as possible with the big boys.
Ohio Sate Football Assistants Get Pay Raises
Ohio State released a statement on Wednesday outlining raises for its assistant coaches. In most cases, it was to bring them on par with what some of the other big-time programs are doing. In other cases, well, I think Tim May of the Columbus Dispatch says it best,
I guess we now know why Greg Schiano put to rest the rumors of moving on to the NFL. Here is the list of what each coach is getting adjusted to according to the release:
Greg Schiano – $700,000 in 2017 to $1,500,000 in 2018
Ryan Day – $400,000 in 2017 to $1,000,000 in 2018
Kevin Wilson – $650,000 in 2017 to $800,000 in 2018
Alex Grinch – $800,000 in 2018
Larry Johnson – $575,225 in 2017 to $750,000 in 2018
Tony Alford – $450,000 in 2017 to $525,000 in 2018
Bill Davis – $500,000 in 2017 (same in 2018)
Greg Studrawa – $410,000 in 2017 to $500,000 in 2018
Taver Johnson – $345,000 in 2018
Zach Smith – $300,000 in 2017 to $340,000 in 2018
All told, if you do the math, the needle moves an additional $3.4 Million to the payroll. In addition to that, OSU is still working on terms for a contract extension for Urban Meyer that will undoubtedly involve some sort of pay increase, and keep him around until 2022.
There’s no truth to the rumor that Ohio State used the lunch money it took from Michigan the last few years to distribute the new funds.
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