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Ohio State just paid....everybody

Four Ohio State assistant coaches will make over $1 million this season the program has announced, a first in college athletics.

Defensive coordinator Kerry Coombs will make $1.4 million.

Offensive coordinator Kevin Wilson will make $1.2 million.

Greg Mattison and Larry Johnson will each make $1.133 million.

“I couldn’t have been more impressed with the performance of our coaching staff under the direction of Ryan Day in 2019,” Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith said in a statement. “What they accomplished both on the field and in the way they led and mentored our student-athletes was exemplary. We look forward to much of the same in 2020.”

In addition to those four, each of Ryan Day's assistants will earn more in 2019 than they did in 2020. While Kevin Wilson's $250,000 raise is the biggest among the assistants in real dollars, Corey Dennis netted the biggest jump in moving from the quality control staff to quarterbacks coach, going from $105,000 to $300,000 in salary. (Dennis replaced Mike Yurcich, who turned in his $950,000 salary to become the offensive coordinator at Texas.)

In all, eight assistants will earn at least $500,000, trailing only Clemson's nine. The Buckeyes ($8 million) are slightly behind Clemson's $8.145 million in staff pay.

In conjunction with Ryan Day's $875,000 raise, Ohio State will pay $13.375 million for its on-the-field coaching staff, a 14 percent increase from 2019.

From a contractual standpoint, Mattison and Johnson are in year two of their two year deals. Everyone else, except Tony Alford, has a 2-year deal beginning now. Alford, for some reason, only has a one year deal.

In total that is $8 million for the ten assistants.


2019 Pay

2020 Pay


Ryan Day (HC)

$4.5 million

$5.375 million

$875,000 (19%)

Kerry Coombs (DC/DBs)


$1.4 million

$450,000 (47%)

Kevin Wilson (OC/TEs)


$1.2 million

$250,000 (26%)

Greg Mattison (co-DC)

$1.1 million

$1.133 million

$33,000 (3%)

Larry Johnson (DL)


$1.133 million

$233,000 (26%)

Greg Studrawa (OL)



$100,000 (17%)

Tony Alford (Asst. HC/RBs)



$18,000 (3%)

Brian Hartline (WRs)



$190,000 (53%)

Al Washington (LBs)



$15,000 (3%)

Matt Barnes (STC/Asst. DBs)



$100,000 (29%)

Corey Dennis



$195,000 (186%)

Total staff pay

$11.745 million

$13.375 million

$1.63 million (14%)

* - Salary earned by former Co-DC Jeff Hafley

As always, stay tuned to The Scoop for the latest coaching job information.

Update> You knew Mickey Marotti was getting paid as well....