Thursday, May 18, 2006

The highest-paid public employee in the state

As you're aware, we've reached the deadest part of the year, as far as college football goes. No spring games, no practices, nothing. It's kind of tough to discuss college football when there's nothing to discuss, but we'll all get by.

As far as actual news goes, about all we have is a new contract for Jim Tressel. He's locked up through the 2012 season, and it looks like he'll be making about $2.5 million a year. Contrary to weblog mythmaking, he likely will not be spending the money on hookers and coke.

There's not a whole lot to say about the contract. Yes, it's a lot of money. But I think it's reasonable, given the amount of money a top-tier football program can bring to the athletic department. And seeing that Tressel's one of the top college football coaches, and about the only one of the top coaches that the NFL hasn't been sniffing around, it makes sense to keep him happy.

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