Matta's pay among tops in country
Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Ohio State's Thad Matta is the fourth-highest-paid men's college-basketball coach, with a contract averaging $2.5 million per year, reported yesterday.

Matta is four years into a contract he signed after winning a Big Ten championship in 2006, his second season. The deal originally was through 2015, but it has added two years since then because of Big Ten titles the Buckeyes won in 2007 and this season.

Matta also has qualified for a $20,000 incentive this year with a Big Ten title, and he will earn $40,000 when his team makes the NCAA Tournament.

He stands to gain even more if the Buckeyes win the Big Ten Tournament ($40,000), advance to the Elite Eight ($20,000) and Final Four ($20,000) and win the NCAA championship ($100,000). He also gets bonuses if he is named NCAA coach of the year ($20,000) and the program earns at least a 925 score in the Academic Progress Rating.

Cashing in