Add Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith to the list of people that have ridiculed Texas A&M for signing head coach Jimbo Fisher to a 10-year, $75 million contract.
In a report from The Lantern, Ohio State’s student newspaper, Smith called Fisher’s contract “so ridiculous” in a Board of Trustees’ Talent and Compensation meeting last Thursday.
The comments are a little bit ironic, considering Smith and his university compensate their head football coach quite well. Last season Urban Meyer was paid $6.4 million to lead the Buckeyes’ football program, according to USA Today.
That number makes Meyer the fourth highest-paid college football coach in America, and the second highest-paid coach in the Big 10. Michigan’s Jim Harbaugh reportedly makes $ 7 million per season.
“I don’t even put Texas A&M in our sphere because I’m considering Urban [Meyer]’s situation with three years left on his contract,” Smith said during the meeting, per The Lantern. “Talking with [Susan Basso, vice president of human resources] and [Joanna McGoldrick, associate vice president of total rewards], that’s not even someone that we’re comparing with because it’s so ridiculous.
“It’s the same way with Alabama and their total salary. Take it off the sheet because it doesn’t matter. Because it’s just no value to it. It’s a reactionary type of management.”
Ohio State also had the highest paid assistant coach in the country on its staff in defensive coordinator Greg Schiano. Last season, Schiano was paid $700,000, according to USA Today.