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OSU paid Tressel over $21 million



Published: Wed, August 10, 2011 @ 12:08 a.m.

Associated Press

COLUMBUS

Jim Tressel made $21.7 million as Ohio State football coach over his decade-long tenure before being ousted for breaking NCAA rules, records from the publicly funded school show.

Tressel earned more than $3.5 million in 2010, the year he covered up an improper benefits scandal that has led to Ohio State being forced to appear before the NCAA’s committee on infractions this Friday.

The figures, released Tuesday to The Associated Press by Ohio State, show that almost a quarter of Tressel’s pay — $4.6 million — came from an exclusive deal under which Ohio State directed a portion of its exclusive deal with apparel-maker Nike to the coach.

During his career with the Buckeyes, Tressel was provided football game tickets valued at $104,800, more than $10,000 in Ohio State basketball tickets and over $21,000 in bowl tickets. His contracts also called for him to receive a $200,000 signing bonus in 2003, national-championship game bonuses worth a total of $835,000 (the Buckeyes played for the BCS title after the 2002, 2006 and 2007 regular seasons) and another $155,000 in bonuses for OSU players hitting certain academic standards.

Tressel’s contracts, like those of many of the top coaches, were full of perks.

He was reimbursed almost $10,000 in 2008-09 for his membership and expenses at an exclusive local country club. Leased cars for the coach and his wife, Ellen, were valued at $23,000 for 2010-11. They also benefited from personal use of jets and charter flights amounting to just under $60,000 since 2005. In addition, the university paid for hundreds of dollars in cell-phone plans.

Former assistant coach Luke Fickell, selected to take Tressel’s place as interim head coach, is being paid around $700,000 .

“I’m not focused on that one bit,” he said. “I’ve never known what I’ve made since I probably started. You could talk to my wife if there’s any questions there. If they asked me to take this job and said they weren’t going to change your pay, we weren’t going to do anything different, I’d still do it. Maybe that sounds crazy, but that’s the way I feel about it.”


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1tonne(199 comments)posted 3 years, 2 months ago

That Tressel was making a lot of money is no surprise. His salary and perks have been mentioned before, though maybe not in as great detail. That Fickell doesn't know how much he earns sounds a trifle disingenuous. Money may not be his focus so he may not care how much he makes, but it is hard to believe that he, at this stage of the game, doesn't know.

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2one4u2read(4 comments)posted 3 years, 2 months ago

He knows what he salary was and is now, it's just not the best topic right now...Just think if he's making $700,000 now it is definitely doubled from what he was making last year.!

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3computer_rick(137 comments)posted 3 years, 2 months ago

As long as he was winning, he was worth every dime. There are professionals in the HR department who figure all that cr@p out. So, he was making what was the going rate.

Sure beat heck out of the $150,000.00 he was making at YSU in pay and benefits.

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4Dagwood(129 comments)posted 3 years, 2 months ago

They forgot to mention about all the real estate he owns in Ann Arbor, MI.

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5mick(16 comments)posted 3 years, 2 months ago

he did a grat job coaching the buckeyes. check on other coaches at big time schools. they make more over the same period of time and dont win nearly as many games. he donates to ysu osu and charites but he made a hugh mistake that will cost him and osu for alot of years to come to bad !!!!1

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6tonne(199 comments)posted 3 years, 2 months ago

The name of the real game is "alumni support." Winning teams bring in big bucks from successful graduates. Winning teams are made by winning coaches. Values can be taught, but winning is the primary focus. Good coaches cost a lot, winning coaches cost more. No surprise that. Why the emphasis on salary and perks now? Because of the changing of the guard. Maybe the intent is to goad Fickle into becoming a winnning coach, too.

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