Ohio State assistant football coaches will make $2.3 million in bonuses

Big-money incentive bonuses are not just for college football head coaches anymore.

With basic pay for assistant coaches increasing dramatically, their bonuses also are going up significantly.

Ohio State defensive coordinator Greg Schiano is in line for $446,250 in bonuses this season, and Ohio State offensive coordinator Ryan Day, Alabama coordinators Mike Locksley and Tosh Lupoi are all set for amounts of at least $198,000, according to the terms of their contracts.

As a group, Ohio State’s 10 on-field assistant coaches and strength coach Mickey Marotti are due nearly $2.3 million in bonuses. Alabama’s group is currently due more than $1.2 million, but that total could grow by another $270,000 if the Crimson Tide wins the College Football Playoff championship.

Ohio State’s and Alabama’s assistants have arrangements under which their bonuses are tied to percentages of various forms of their basic annual compensation.

With Schiano, for example, for bonus purposes, Ohio State uses $1.5 million — the sum of his base salary ($825,000) and an additional amount he receives as consideration for providing services related to media, promotions and public relations.

He was eligible for 8.5% of that amount if the Buckeyes won their Big Ten Conference division title, another 4.25% if they won the Big Ten championship game and then an additional amount depending on whether they played in a bowl game and won at least nine games. Ohio State swept the Big Ten and ended up in the Rose Bowl, a CFP-affiliated game that is not one of the semifinals this season. So, in addition to the bonuses for conference achievements, that means another 17% of his total compensation.

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