New Ohio State defensive coordinator Jim Knowles to earn $1.9 million per year

Bill Rabinowitz
The Columbus Dispatch

Ohio State will pay incoming Ohio State defensive coordinator Jim Knowles $1.9 million per year in base salary in his three-year contract, according to a term sheet released by OSU on Friday.

That will make Knowles the highest-paid assistant coach in OSU history. The previous high was the $1.5 million paid to defensive coordinator Greg Schiano in 2018.

Current defensive coordinator Kerry Coombs has a base salary of $1.4 million, as does offensive coordinator Kevin Wilson.

New Ohio State defensive coordinator Jim Knowles will make $1.9 million per year, making him the highest-paid assistant coach in OSU history.

Ohio State head coach Ryan Day hired Knowles on Tuesday. Knowles reportedly earned $800,000 as Oklahoma State's defensive coordinator this season. He also will be eligible for the same bonuses based on team performance that other OSU assistants are.

Knowles also will receive a bonus of $138,850 within 30 days of the execution of his contract. He is set to start at Ohio State on Jan. 2 after the Buckeyes play in the Rose Bowl and Oklahoma State plays Notre Dame in the Fiesta Bowl on New Year's Day.

Bill Rabinowitz covers Ohio State football for The Columbus Dispatch. Contact him at brabinowitz@dispatch.com or on Twitter @brdispatch.

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