New Defensive Coordinator Greg Schiano to Earn $600K at Ohio State, Per Term Sheet; Contract Not Yet Signed

By Eric Seger on March 8, 2016 at 3:21p
Greg Schiano will earn $XXXK as Ohio State defensive coordinator.
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Greg Schiano came to Ohio State for the opportunity to work under a friend in Urban Meyer and work his way back into the coaching ranks, with the eventual thought of leaving for a lead position in the future.

For the time he's in Columbus, however, Schiano will be among Meyer's highest paid assistants.

The newly minted defensive coordinator and associate head coach is set to earn $600K in base salary, according to the term sheet of his contract obtained by Eleven Warriors via an open records request through the university.

Schiano's base salary at Ohio State was first reported by Dave Briggs of the Toledo Blade.

2015 Base Salaries for OSU Coaches (per USA Today)
Coach Position Base
URBAN MEYER HC $5,800,000
LUKE FICKELL CO-DC/LB $640,000
GREG SCHIANO AHC/DC $600,000
ED WARINNER OC/TE $600,000
CHRIS ASH CO-DC/S $590,000
TIM BECK CO-OC/QB $525,000
LARRY JOHNSON AHC/DL $420,000
TONY ALFORD AHC/RB $400,000
GREG STUDRAWA OL $400,000
KERRY COOMBS CB/ST $350,450
TIM HINTON SPEC. ASST $286,500
ZACH SMITH WR $220,000

The figure means defensive coordinator Luke Fickell remains Meyer's highest paid assistant. Fickell earned $640,000 in 2015. Schiano's salary is on par with offensive coordinator and tight ends coach Ed Warinner's income from a year ago. Warinner coached the offensive line in addition to his offensive coordinator duties in 2015.

According to the term sheet, Schiano's deal is just for the 2016 season and set to expire Jan. 15, 2017. Schiano was out of coaching since Dec. 30, 2013, when the Tampa Bay Buccaneers relieved him of his head coaching duties following a 4-12 season. Schiano signed a five-year, $15 million contract with the Buccaneers, of which he had three years remaining at the time of his termination.

The figures are a result of an open records request submitted by Eleven Warriors Dec. 11, 2015, and filled Tuesday by Ohio State.

Schiano is one of two new additions to the Ohio State coaching staff, joining offensive line coach Greg Studrawa. Studrawa is set to make $400,000 in Columbus, according to the two-year contract he signed.

Schiano signed the term sheet Feb. 24, a day before Ohio State Vice President and Director of Athletics Gene Smith did the same.

Just as the other members of Meyer's staff, Schiano can earn additional money if the team reaches certain milestones in 2016. Among those include these, plus other perks:

  • An 8.5 percent base salary supplemental compensation for winning the Big Ten East Division.
  • A 4.25 percent base salary supplemental compensation for winning the Big Ten Championship.
  • Participation in a College Football Playoff postseason game: 17 percent base salary additional compensation.
  • Participation in non-College Football Playoff postseason game and 9-win season: 4.25 percent of base salary bonus.
  • Participation in semifinals (but not finals) of College Football Playoff : 21.25 percent base salary additional compensation.
  • If Ohio State wins the CFP semifinal, Schiano is not entitled to his 21.25 percent additional base salary compensation. Instead, he receives an additional 25.5 percent base salary compensation.
  • Nine football season tickets and two men's basketball season tickets.

     

Schiano - Signed Term Sheet

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