Ohio State's offense didn't reach the peak of its potential until its final two games of the 2015 season when Ed Warinner coached from the press box as opposed to the sideline, but the team's offensive coordinator still earned a raise ahead of this year.
Warinner is set to earn $650,000 in base compensation during 2016, according to his latest contract, which Eleven Warriors obtained via a public records request filed May 3 and filled Friday afternoon. He will also coach tight ends this season after being the head of the offensive line the past four seasons. Warinner's new deal is for just this season and expires on April 30, 2017.
Warinner's new base salary is up from the $600,000 base rate he earned last season when he coordinated the Ohio State offense to 35.7 points per game (second in the Big Ten) and 434.1 yards per game (third). The total yards per game is a significant drop from the two years earlier, however, when the Buckeyes totaled 511.6 and 511.9 yards per game. Warinner remains the second-highest paid assistant on Urban Meyer's staff, trailing defensive coordinator Luke Fickell as he did last season.
His new contract rewards him an 8.5 percent salary bonus if Ohio State wins a Big Ten East division title in 2016, a 4.25 percent salary bonus for taking home a Big Ten Championship and an additional 17 percent salary bonus if the Buckeyes make the College Football Playoff. An at least nine-win season that ends in a non-College Football Playoff bowl game results in a 4.25 percent salary bonus.
If the Buckeyes make the College Football Playoff (but not the finals), Warinner is entitled to a 21.25 percent salary bonus. A semifinal win does not merit him an additional bonus on top of the 21.25 percent, but instead a 25.5 percent reward off his base salary.
All bonuses are to be provided by the university within 60 days of the conclusion of each game, bowl or College Football Playoff affair, according to the contract.
Warinner also receives a $600 per month car allowance, six football season tickets and a pair of men's basketball season tickets under his new deal.
No. 2 Ohio State (3-0) hosts Rutgers Saturday at noon.