|Ohio State to pay non-conference foes $3.1 million|
|Friday, August 23, 2013 12:22 AM|
By RUSTY MILLER
COLUMBUS — Ohio State will pay more than $3 million to Buffalo, San Diego State and Florida A&M to come to Ohio Stadium for games against the Buckeyes this fall.
Through a request from The Associated Press, Ohio State’s athletic department released figures that show it is paying Buffalo $1 million to be the opposition in the Aug. 31 opener, San Diego State $1.2 million to play in the game on Sept. 7 and FAMU, a Football Championship Subdivision opponent, $900,000 to come to Columbus for the game on Sept. 21.
The Buckeyes’ other non-conference game is at California on Sept. 14. Ohio State’s eight Big Ten games do not require a guaranteed contract.
Here’s the 2013 Buckeyes, by the numbers: Here’s a look at the 2013 Ohio State Buckeyes, by the numbers:
— 4,580,597, in dollars, a conservative tabulation of how much Urban Meyer will make for coaching Ohio State in the 2013 season. That figure does not include any academic or performance bonuses (winning a Big Ten division or conference title, playing in a BCS bowl or the national championship game), but does include the university’s $450,000 payment to Meyer just for remaining coach through Jan. 31, 2014. The numbers include a $700,000 base salary, $1.8 million under media contracts, $1.4 million from the Nike equipment contract, $14,400 for car leases, $12,848 in football tickets, $1,875 in parking passes for football games, $1,274 for two men’s basketball season tickets and $200 for a parking pass to watch Thad Matta’s team in action.
— 3,100,000, in dollars, what Ohio State will pay its three non-conference opponents to come to Ohio Stadium this season. Buffalo (Aug. 31) gets $1 million, San Diego State (Sept. 7) gets $1.2 million and Florida A&M (Sept. 21) receives $900,000.
— 1.3 million, in 1922 dollars. Cost to build Ohio Stadium.
— 106,102, the largest crowd ever at The Horseshoe, just last season against Nebraska (a 63-38 win).
— 9,922, in miles, how far Columbus, Ohio, is from the Geelong, Australia, home of Buckeyes freshman P Cameron Johnston.
— 3,310 yards, a school record for total offense in a season, by QB Braxton Miller in 2012.
— 404, wins by the Buckeyes at Ohio Stadium since its opening (against 109 losses and 20 ties).
— 171, in pounds, the difference in weight between the heaviest Buckeye (DL Chris Carter at 341 pounds) and the lightest (WR Devonte Butler, WR James Clark and CB Gareon Conley each weigh 170). Put another way, Carter weighs more than two of the others combined.
— 111, page number in the online Ohio State football media guide where former coach Jim Tressel’s bio resides. It’s under the “Legends And Greats” section. Tressel is listed third among those legends, right behind Woody Hayes and two-time Heisman Trophy winner Archie Griffin. There’s no mention of the NCAA violations which led to his forced departure from the program in 2011. When he appeared at a game at Ohio Stadium last fall during a celebration of the 2002 national championship, he was lifted to the shoulders of his former players in the end zone while a capacity crowd gave him a loud ovation. The 2012 team, which went 12-0, did not get to play in a bowl game as a result of NCAA sanctions stemming from Tressel’s misdeeds.
— 103, in days, time the Buckeyes had off from their last practice on the eve of the Michigan game in November until they opened official workouts on March 5, the earliest documented start to spring practices ever at the school.
— 79, in dollars, cost of a single ticket to an Ohio State game this fall.
— 63, percent of the defensive starters gone, leaving only CB Bradley Roby, S Christian Bryant and S C.J. Barnett and LB Ryan Shazier.
— 47, number of freshmen and sophomores among the 82 scholarship players on the roster.
— 37.2, in points, the Buckeyes’ scoring average from a year ago, best in the Big Ten.
— 27th year in coaching for Urban Meyer. He’s 116-23 in 11 years as a head coach at Bowling Green, Utah, Florida and Ohio State. He also was a graduate assistant under Earle Bruce at Ohio State in 1986-87. Four of Meyer’s last six teams have finished in the top three in the final Associated Press rankings.
— 25, consecutive years that Ohio State has appeared in the AP’s preseason Top 25 rankings, the longest streak of any school.
— 14, returning starters for the Buckeyes. That includes nine on offense, four on defense and K Drew Basil.
— 12, in inches, difference in height between the tallest Buckeyes (6-7 OLs Jack Mewhort and Taylor Decker) and the shortest (5-7 freshman WR Devonte Butler).
— 6 starts in his career for H-back Jordan Hall. He sustained a cut foot and injured a knee last year, limiting him to three games started. Due to injuries and depth-chart problems, he is being counted on to be a Percy Harvin-type, run-and-catch player for the Buckeyes. Yet he had just 40 carries and 3 receptions last year — and has only 24 catches for his career.
— 4, number of night games scheduled so far this season: at California on Sept. 14, Wisconsin at Ohio Stadium on Sept. 28, at Northwestern on Oct. 5 and Penn State at home on Oct. 26. Four night games matches the most ever for a Buckeyes team (2007, 2008, 2010). Keep in mind that if the Buckeyes make it to a major bowl game, it will most likely be at night — and also that start times for four other regular-season games have yet to be determined. Ohio State is 36-20 in games starting at 5 p.m. or later at the site; 8-3 at home, 20-9 away and 9-7 at neutral sites.
— 3, front-line players suspended for the opener against Buffalo on Aug. 31: RB Carlos Hyde (legal problem), CB Bradley Roby (legal problem), RB Rod Smith (violation of team rules).
— 2, Ohio State’s ranking in the preseason AP Top 25. The Buckeyes ended up third a year ago in it. They were unranked in the coaches’ poll, which does not permit votes for teams on NCAA probation.
— 1, uniform number for two of the most exciting Buckeyes players: Roby, one of the nation’s top shut-down CBs, and freshman sensation RB Dontre Wilson.