college football • The loss to Michigan State University on Saturday and getting bumped from the national championship game will cost Ohio State University head football coach Urban Meyer $350,000 in bonus payments, according to his contract.
Meyer's six-year contract with OSU calls for a $250,000 payment if his team makes it to a national championship game and $100,000 bonus if the Buckeyes win the Big Ten championship game. Both of those options came to a halt for this season when the Spartans beat the Buckeyes 34-24 in Indianapolis, snapping Ohio State's 24-game winning streak.
But Meyer is due $650,000 in bonus payments in coming months: a $450,000 retention payment, $50,000 for winning the Big Ten Leaders Division title and $150,000 check for a Bowl Championship Series game appearance. That's all on top of his $4 million-a-year compensation package.