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Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer struck it rich on National Signing Day — in more ways than one.

Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer’s bank account receives a bump, WrestleBucks ready to rumble, and more

Ben Axelrod

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Urban Meyer receives a bonu$$$

On Wednesday, Ohio State signed the nation’s second-ranked class in the 2017 recruiting cycle.

But it wasn’t just Urban Meyer’s team that got richer on National Signing Day. The coach himself did, as well.

As pointed out by Eleven Warriors, with Wednesday marking the first day of February, Meyer was due a $160,000 retention bonus, per his 2015 contract extension. Meyer’s contract runs from Feb. 1 to Jan. 31 each year, meaning the first day of February signals the first day of each new contract year.

Factoring in his retention bonus with additional bonuses stemming from media appearances and Ohio State’s equipment deal with Nike, along with his base salary, the sixth-year Buckeyes head coach is reportedly set to receive $580,833.33 over the course of the next 30 days.

It’s also worth noting Meyer made $250,000 in incentive-based bonuses last season as a result of Ohio State’s Big Ten East Division title and subsequent appearance in the College Football Playoff.

Not a bad gig, if you can get it.

WrestleBucks ready to rumble

With National Signing Day in the books and spring football still more than a month away, it’s officially time for Buckeyes fans to turn their attention toward Ohio State’s winter sports.

And with the basketball Buckeyes struggling, what better time to hop on the Ohio State wrestling bandwagon?

Currently 8-1 and ranked fourth in the nation, the Buckeyes are preparing for one of their biggest matches of the season on Friday, when they host No. 2 Penn State at the Schottenstein Center. It will mark the first time that the Ohio State wrestling team has hosted a matches at The Schott this season, and is the Buckeyes’ first match since losing for the first time this season, 21-13 at No. 3 Iowa last Friday.

Per the Ohio State athletic department, “Ohio State boasts eight starters who are ranked nationally by InterMat, including a nation-leading three No. 1s: Nathan Tomasello (133 lbs.), Bo Jordan (174 lbs.) and Kyle Snyder (HWT). The trio has a combined record this year of 26-0 with 20 bonus-point wins.”

Friday’s match will begin at 6 p.m. ET and air live on the Big Ten Network. But if you’re in the Columbus area, this is an event you won’t want to miss. General admission tickets are $8 and can be purchased via Ticketmaster.

Per an Ohio State spokesperson, more than 10,000 fans are expected to be in attendance for the dual meet.

Texas touts Zeke

As it turns out, two months wasn’t long enough for Tom Herman to turn Texas around. On Wednesday, the new Longhorns head coach signed what many perceived to be a lackluster class, which ranked 26th nationally by 247Sports.

But while Herman and his staff may not have had much to show for in their shortened recruiting cycle, that didn’t stop the Longhorns coaches from reminiscing about one of their most famous recruiting efforts. On Wednesday, both Herman and Texas running backs coach Stan Drayton shared stories about their recruitment of Buckeyes RB Ezekiel Elliott four years ago.

“We were debating on just whether to take him,” Herman recalled to The Dallas News. “It came down to the 11th hour with Missouri. We were like, ‘Maybe we should just let him go’ because we had another running back in that class.

“Stan said, ‘No, we’re going to fight for this one.’  We got him. Credit Stan Drayton for that one.”

Added Drayton, who served as Ohio State’s running backs coach from 2012-14, “We knew we were getting, most important, a great person … a young man who had the potential to set a culture in place and represent Ohio State to the fullest.”

Given the star Dallas Cowboys running back’s popularity in Texas, don’t expect Herman and Drayton to stop using him as a recruiting tool anytime soon. And come 2018, we’ll see if the Longhorns have the results to show for it.

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