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Ohio State AD gets $18K for wrestler winning title

Rusty Miller | AP Sports Writer Published: March 26, 2014 4:00 AM
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COLUMBUS -- Athletic director Gene Smith will receive a bonus of more than $18,000 -- one week of his base salary -- for Ohio State's Logan Stieber winning the 141-pound weight class at the NCAA wrestling championships.

Smith signed a new contract this year that pays him a bonus for "exceptional athletic achievements," including Final Four and Bowl Championship Series appearances or titles won by individuals in any of 20 sports.

Stieber, a redshirt junior, won his third consecutive NCAA title on Saturday night in Oklahoma City.

As one of the highest-paid athletic directors in the nation, Smith has a base salary of $940,484. He could earn more than $1.5 million a year in salary and bonuses under the pact that runs through June 2020.

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user_22123 Mar 27, 2014 12:48 AM

Now I can see why the athletes at Northwestern want to unionize.

bf777 Mar 26, 2014 11:16 AM

How about no bonus.  How can people that work for the state recieve a bonus.  This is a joke. This guy should be ashamed of himself taking tax payers money!!!

user_25224 Mar 26, 2014 8:33 AM

How about sending that bonus to Tom Ryan & his coaching staff. I'll bet Smith didn't spend any time in that wrestling room with Logan.