Report: Ohio State paid $25.6M in bonuses in 2011

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DAYTON, Ohio (AP) -- A newspaper review shows seven medical professors and coaches at Ohio State University received bonuses topping $1 million in 2011, most of them more than double the size of their base earnings.

The Dayton Daily News reports (http://bit.ly/H456Ed ) the university paid more than 4,000 employees a total of about $25.6 million in bonuses, up from roughly $13.6 million given in 2010 to about 1,700 employees.

Basketball coach Thad Matta was the highest earner, with a bonus of about $1.1 million boosting his annual pay to about $2.2 million. The second-highest paid employee was a heart specialist receiving the biggest bonus, nearly $1.4 million, to earn more than $2 million.

University officials say medical and sports bonuses are not funded by tax or tuition dollars but through athletics and hospital budgets.

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Information from: Dayton Daily News, http://www.daytondailynews.com