Ohio State Assistant Coaches Rank Seventh Nationally in Total Salary

By Tim Shoemaker on December 7, 2016 at 1:51 pm
Ohio State defensive coordinators Luke Fickell and Greg Schiano.

USA TODAY Sports released its annual assistant coaches salary database Wednesday. Ohio State's nine assistants ranked seventh nationally in total salary, bringing home a collective $4,583,100 in 2016.

LSU, Clemson, Alabama, Texas A&M, Georgia and Florida State all had higher total salaries for assistant coaches this season. Michigan was the second-highest paid staff among Big Ten schools. The Wolverines ranked 13th nationally in salary for assistants at $4,308,750 in 2016.

SALARIES OF OHIO STATE's Assistant Coaches
No. 27 Luke Fickell $754,500
No. 36 Ed Warinner $654,500
No. 51 Tim Beck $604,500
No. 56 Greg Schiano $600,000
No. 115 Larry Johnson $479,500
No. 152 Kerry Coombs $429,500
No. 153 Tony Alford $429,500
No. 189 Greg Studrawa $400,000
No. 419 Zach Smith $231,100

Additionally, 19 schools had at least one higher paid assistant coach than the Buckeyes' top-paid assistant, co-defensive coordinator Luke Fickell. Fickell made $754,500, according to the report, a figure which ranked No. 27 nationally among assistant coaches. 

Other individual salaries for Ohio State assistant coaches were offensive coordinator Ed Warinner (36th nationally, $654,500); co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Tim Beck (51st, $604,500); co-defensive coordinator and safeties coach Greg Schiano (56th, $600,000); defensive line coach Larry Johnson (115th, $479,500); cornerbacks coach and special teams coordinator Kerry Coombs (152nd, $429,500); running backs coach Tony Alford (153rd, $429,500); offensive line coach Greg Studrawa (189th, $400,000) and wide receivers coach Zach Smith (419th, $231,100).

The top-five highest paid assistant coaches in the country were Texas A&M's John Chavis ($1,558,000), Clemson's Brent Venables ($1,431,250), Alabama's Lane Kiffin ($1,400,000), LSU's Dave Aranda (1,315,000) and Louisville's Todd Grantham ($1,302,000).

Ohio State's assistant coaches ranked ninth nationally in total salary for the 2015 season. 

Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer is the third-highest paid coach in the country. Meyer made $6,094,800 in 2016, according to USA TODAY Sports' database for head coaches.

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