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Ohio State assistants coaches cash in

Ohio State football coach Jim Tressel and Athletic Director Gene Smith aren’t the only staffers who have been given raises this season. After Smith’s news conference Thursday that announced his own four-year contract extension — with his base salary increasing to $648,000 per year — the athletic director explained the raises that Tressel’s assistant coaches received this season. Those moves were not part of the negotiations that over the summer saw Tressel get a $600,000 bump in salary, to $3 million this season, and $1 million raises in later years that will push him to more than $3.5 million a year. “That’s totally separate,” Smith said of the talks for the assistants. “What we did, and we do every year, we look at them relative to the national averages, and then if we feel they’re behind, we bump them up.” Full contracts were not available from the university because they’re still being updated, but according to salary figures provided by Ohio State, the biggest raise went to defensive coordinator Jim Heacock, who saw his salary increase $21,510, to $260,510. It was a 9 percent raise. — Cleveland Plain Dealer

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10/17/08