Ohio State athletics: Stieber’s NCAA title lands Gene Smith $18,000 bonus

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Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith will receive a bonus of more than $18,000 — one week of his base salary — for 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, which runs through June 2020.

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