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Ohio State's Strength Coach Receives Major Pay Raise

Ohio State football players leaving the locker room.

ARLINGTON, TX - DECEMBER 29: The Ohio State Buckeyes run to the field before play against the USC Trojans during the Goodyear Cotton Bowl at AT&T Stadium on December 29, 2017 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

On Friday afternoon, news of Ohio State's attempt to lock down strength coach Mickey Marotti made headlines.

The university shelled out major bucks to keep Marotti with the program. According to Joey Kaufman, Marotti received a $122,000 raise from the 2018 college football season to the 2019 campaign.

As a result, he'll make $735,000 in base salary in 2019 as part of a four-year contract he signed with the team in March.

Kaufman revealed Marotti is "eligible for additional bonus payments should the Buckeyes win the Big Ten or reach the College Football Playoff."

Despite the hefty price-tag, Marotti is not the highest-paid strength coach in the country.

That honor belongs to Iowa's Chris Doyle. USA Today reporter Steve Berkowitz reported Doyle is also in line for a pay raise following the 2018 season.

According to Berkowitz, Doyle will make just under $800,000 during the 2019 season.

Marotti had been making $613,000 over the past few years. When he first started under Urban Meyer, Marotti’s base salary was $380,000.

Marotti is much more than just a strength coach for the football team. He holds an official title as Ohio State’s assistant athletic director for football sports performance and also oversees 20 strength and conditioning coaches for the school's other athletic teams.