Alex Grinch on Tuesday formally began working as the newest member of the Ohio State football coaching staff, and he did so with the preliminary agreement that he will make $800,000 the first year of a two-year deal, plus the requisite perks and possible bonuses.

He is currently the highest-paid assistant on Ohio State's staff. Defensive coordinator Greg Schiano had a base salary of $700,000 in 2017 and offensive coordinator Kevin Wilson earned $650,000 in 2017 and is set to make $750,000 in 2018. Schiano was working on a one-year contract, so he will have a new contract for the coming season.

Grinch, a Grove City native who spent the previous three years as defensive coordinator for Washington State, agreed to a two-year contract, according to OSU, with the final full contract to be completed at a later date. The work agreement shows his base salary will be the $800,000 from Tuesday through Jan. 31, 2019, with a possible increase coming on Feb. 1, 2019.

Grinch, 37, also will receive a monthly $600 stipend for an automobile plus six tickets to home football games and two to home basketball games, the same as those afforded the other nine assistants on coach Urban Meyer’s staff.

In the performance realm, he will be eligible for bonuses of 8.5 percent of his salary if the team wins the Big Ten East Division title, 4.25 percent if it wins the Big Ten title, and 17 percent if the Buckeyes are invited to any of the other four bowls that are part of the College Football Playoff rotation but not the semifinals for that season.

Should the Buckeyes make the CFP semis he will receive a 21.25 percent bonus, and that will increase to 25.5 percent if the team reaches the national title game.

The NCAA approved the addition of a 10th full-time assistant coach for Football Bowl Subdivision programs beginning Tuesday.


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