New Ohio State assistant football coach Alex Grinch will receive a $250,000 signing bonus upon formal completion of his two-year contract, according to his updated Terms of Employment.

The bonus will allow Grinch to pay Washington State that same amount for leaving, per terms of the buyout provision in his WSU contract. Grinch’s contract with the Cougars required him to pay back $500,000 if he left before July 2017 and $250,000 if he left before July 2018.

The NCAA allowed programs to hire a 10th assistant coach, effective this week, and Ohio State jumped at hiring Grinch. The Grove City native and Mount Union graduate agreed to a two-year contract with an annual salary of $800,000 plus potential bonuses.

Ohio State has not defined his role, but his lofty salary indicates it will be a major one. Defensive coordinator Greg Schiano was the highest-paid OSU assistant last year at $700,000.

Assistant coaches salaries, particularly for coordinators, are spiking. LSU defensive coordinator Dave Aranda, the highest-paid assistant last year at $1.8 million, according to the USA Today salary database, got a raise to $2.5 million. Defensive coordinator Mike Elko left Notre Dame a week ago to sign a three-year deal with Texas A&M worth an average of $1.8 million per year.

As for Schiano, there is speculation that he could be headed to the NFL, depending on how the coaching musical chairs there plays out. Bruce Feldman of FOX Sports tweeted Thursday that he’s “hearing there’s a lot of interest in the NFL” in hiring Schiano as a defensive coordinator.

Schiano was the head coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2012 and 2013 and was a defensive assistant with the Chicago Bears in 1996-98.

In late November, Schiano had agreed to become the head coach at the University of Tennessee before the school pulled its offer.


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