The Ohio State coaching staff and athletic director Gene Smith combined to receive nearly $2 million in bonuses for reaching the national championship game and winning the Big Ten Championship, according to the Plain Dealer.
Head coach Urban Meyer received a $250,000 bonus on top of his more than $4.6 million contract. Had Ohio State lost in the College Football Playoff semifinals, his bonus would have been $200,000.
Smith received $108,517 in bonuses, and each of OSU's co-offensive and defensive coordinators received at least $100,000. All of the team's positional coaches and strength coach Mickey Marotti also were given bonuses.
The Buckeyes won the national title over Oregon, but it was just reaching the game that triggered the coaches' max bonuses. The coaches and Smith also received separate bonuses for winning the Big Ten Championship.
According to the Plain Dealer, the coaches all had their contracts and bonuses rephrased in August with the creation of the College Football Playoff.
- Molly Geary