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Three Ohio State assistants see their salaries break the $500k mark

Ohio State Buckeyes head coach Urban Meyer yells to his players during the first half of their NCAA college football game against Michigan at Ohio Stadium in Columbus AP

Florida offensive coordinator Brent Pease was one of three Gator assistants to receive raises earlier this month. Now, assistants at Urban Meyer‘s new job, Ohio State, will be getting bumps in pay as well.

The Columbus Dispatch reports that three Buckeyes assistants — defensive coordinator Luke Fickell, co-defensive coordinator/assistant head coach Everett Withers and offensive coordinator Tom Herman — will see their salary break the $500,000 mark in 2013. Specifically, Fickell will receive $600,000, Withers will get $580,000 and Herman $550,000. The latter two are seeing an increase by $130,000 with Fickell actually receiving a pay reduction of $150,000 from the $750,000 he received in 2012. However, that was considered as additional compensation for his service as the Buckeyes’ interim coach and is still significantly larger than his 2010 salary of $275,000.

Ohio State’s six other assistants will receive more modest raises, with the largest one going to special teams coordinator and cornerbacks coach Kerry Coombs (up $25,000 to $300,000). Meyer himself will see a bump in base salary to around $4.16 million from $4 million.

Still, Ohio State assistants are nowhere near among the highest-paid in college football. Alabama’s Kirby Smart and Clemson’s Chad Morris are two coordinators in the million-dollar salary range. And all assistants are either on one or two-year deals.

“We want to be top of the pyramid, no doubt,” Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith said. “I don’t know exactly what the number is, top 10 nationally, but we’re about winning conference championships consistently and chasing national championships. And we want to be able to recruit the best and the brightest to do that. With that in mind, we have to be able to compensate those people at that level.”

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8 Responses to “Three Ohio State assistants see their salaries break the $500k mark”
  1. normtide says: May 13, 2013 7:57 AM

    That’s a great start. If you have great assistants and want to keep them from being someone else’s assistants, you must pay them.

  2. mtheparrothead says: May 13, 2013 8:10 AM

    That’ll buy a crap ton of buckeyes. Buckeyes and brownies. No wonder Ohio gals are fat.

  3. polegojim says: May 13, 2013 11:33 AM

    I agree on their excellent coaching staff and winning B1G championships… but not on the
    ‘chasing national championships’ comment.

    Too much ground to cover from 12-0 in a weakened B1G and Michigan rebuilding under a new coach after decimation. That statement won’t be true until they actually ARE chasing National Champ teams in competitive games… and those teams don’t struggle with Cal.

  4. amosalanzostagg says: May 13, 2013 11:49 AM

    This is what is killing college sports.

    It’s an ever escalating cycle that will lead to the demise of college football as we know it. The NCAA? Forget it. The FBS schools will go their own way and mid major Div I, II and III programs will resort to the 1950’s version of college sports, small time programs with maybe three coaches who also teach.

    But it is not only athletics, When the median income for a college president is $400,000 and kids graduate with $100,000 + loans to repay, priorities are definitely screwed up.

    If the NCAA could develop a plan in which the FBS masters like OSU, USC, Alabama( my alma Mater) and others could have college football as a club sport and let the teams be the semi pro factories that they are and still subsidize Div I, II and III schools, then college sports could survive.

    I say club sports because then they could pay the athletes in the revenue producing
    sports and not deal with Title IX which will kill 80% of the programs out there.

    Enjoy college football now because these are the good old days.

  5. mogogo1 says: May 13, 2013 2:01 PM

    This simply is not sustainable in the overall college system as it now exists. Even the big football schools are feeling the pinch on the academic side of things, resources are limited, tuitions are going up every year, etc. The days of “it’s a separate revenue stream, so we don’t have to justify how much we spend on football” are not going to last forever.

  6. grumpyoleman says: May 13, 2013 3:47 PM

    About time they paid the assistants a little more than the players.

  7. bigdinla says: May 13, 2013 7:16 PM

    That’s hilarious! That is more money than a lot of bottom Tier FBS schools pay their head coaches.

  8. floridacock says: May 13, 2013 7:17 PM

    And we wonder why the cost of cable and the products we buy keep going up.

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