New Ohio State director of player development C.J. Barnett will be paid $110,000 while analysts Paul Rhoads and Todd Fitch will each make $48,000 in 2021, per their offer letters obtained by Eleven Warriors through a public records request.
Barnett replaces Ryan Stamper, who had a salary of $178,447 for his final year as director of player development in 2020, his ninth year in the role, according to Ohio State's employee salary database.
The analyst positions now held by Rhoads and Fitch – in which Fitch will assist Ohio State's coaching staff with offensive game planning, while Rhoads will do the same with defensive game planning – are newly created positions, an investment athletic director Gene Smith said Ohio State made because he believes having the right people is the key to the Buckeyes' success.
“Talent acquisition, talent development and talent retention is critical,” Smith said. “We're wildly successful because of the people skills that we're blessed to have in our family.”
Ohio State linebackers coach Al Washington is expected to receive a raise from his 2020 salary of $515,000 after choosing to stay with the Buckeyes over a chance to become Tennessee's defensive coordinator, while there will likely be raises coming for other members of Ohio State's coaching staff, too, but their salaries for 2021 have not yet been released.