Ohio State’s board of trustees on Friday approved an adjustment to the contract of Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith that eliminates bonuses for individual championships won by Ohio State athletes.
Previously, Smith earned an extra week of pay, about $18,000, every time an Ohio State athlete won an NCAA title. So when wrestler Logan Stieber won an NCAA wrestling title last March, that bonus kicked in.
And it didn’t go over very well. In a world where the discussion over paying athletes has intensified, an administrator earning money for a title won by an athlete who earned nothing was a flash point.
Gee, I wonder why.
Of course, propriety only goes so far.
Smith no longer has bonuses tied to individual titles. But he still will receive a bonus for conference or NCAA titles won by the football team or men’s basketball team, or a top 10 ranking by the baseball team.
There may be no “I” in team, but there’s still bonus money in one.