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Ohio State Releases Urban Meyer's Contract


UPDATED: Monday June 18, 2012 4:14 PM

Ohio State University released football coach Urban Meyer's 33-page contract on Monday, including incentives for him to reach bowl game bonuses despite the NCAA's bowl game ban this season.

The school's board of trustees is scheduled to vote on the seven-year contract on Friday, 10TV News reported.

According to the contract, Meyer has an out clause that allows him to leave the job and receive $1.5 million per year for the remaining years of his contract if more previous NCAA violations are ruled against the program.

Meyer is guaranteed $4 million per year, about $200,000 more than his predecessor, Jim Tressel, received as Ohio State coach.

Meyer will also receive a $250,000 signing bonus and three retention bonuses, in 2014, 2016 and 2018, for a total of $2.4 million.

He would earn $50,000 for winning the Big Ten Leaders Division and would receive the money this upcoming season even though Ohio State was banned from the Big Ten Championship game and a bowl game.

Meyer would get another year added to his contract and receive a $100,000 bonus if the Buckeyes win the Big Ten Championship game. This season, Meyer would get the bonus for having the most regular-season Big Ten wins of any team in the conference.

If Ohio State is ranked between Nos. 3 and 10 in the final Bowl Championship Series standings, Meyer would receive a $150,000 bonus.

Meyer would receive a $250,000 bonus he would normally receive for reaching the BCS National Championship if Ohio State finishes Nos. 1 or 2 in the final BCS standings.

Another potential bonus is $50,000 if the team's annual grade-point average is 3.0. If it is a 3.3, he would receive $100,000. Meyer would receive $150,000 if the team has a 3.5 grade-point average.

The contract also went into greater detail about any NCAA violations and how Meyer should handle any violations within the program.

According to a section of the contract, Ohio State will hold Meyer responsible if a player breaks NCAA rules and Meyer knows about or should know about what happened.

Tressel was forced to resign on May 30, 2011 because of his NCAA violations. Meyer was hired on Nov. 28.

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