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  10. Missouri
  11. Ohio State
  12. Oklahoma State
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Ohio State's New AD

We praise Ohio State for their new athletic director hire, Gene Smith, formerly the AD at Arizona State.  We don't know a lot about him, but ASU has a terrific overall athletics tradition, remaining competitive in the Sears Cup standings alongside Pac-10 powers Stanford, UCLA and USC, as well as in-state rival Arizona.

As noted below, Smith's "operating budget" jumps from $34 million to $80 million.

As an aside, we'll document his salary since it is apparently public information.  It's interesting to track salaries over the years, both for coaches and AD's, to note the increasing demand for high-profile candidates and what they get paid relative to their era.  It's something to look back to.

Here's an exerpt from the report at BuckeyeSports.com-

Smith accepted an offer for a seven-year contract with an option for a three-year extension after 24 months in the position. His initial base salary will be $450,000 with annual incentives of up to $75,000 for achieving athletic performance goals and up to $50,000 for achieving academic performance goals. An additional total sum of $350,000 will be contributed by Ohio State to a deferred compensation plan that will vest, along with any accrued earning, seven years after the initial date of employment, which will be April 15

Another article we ran across also said former Buckeye AD Andy Geiger was paid $250,000 annually.

Salary information is a lot easier to find among public universities, because by most if not all state laws they must disclose practically any expenditures. They are responsible to the public, and in turn, their "private" information isn't so private. At least not compared to private colleges who can be more secretive about salaries. Hence, nobody knows for sure what Pete Carroll is making, although it's rumored in the $3 million range, or how well Miami compensates its coaches and athletic director.

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