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Ohio State Athletic Director Gene Smith Receives Contract Extension

Ohio State athletics director Gene Smith answers questions during a news conference on Dec. 4, 2018, in Columbus.
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Ohio State athletics director Gene Smith answers questions during a news conference on Dec. 4, 2018, in Columbus.

Ohio State's athletic director Gene Smith has agreed to a four-year contract extension. The new deal will keep him at OSU until June 2026.

Under the new contract which starts in July, Smith will earn $1.58 million for his base salary plus $480,000 for media and public relations compensation. The university's board of trustees must approve the contract.

Smith had taken a 5% pay cut last fall to ease budget cuts brought about by the pandemic.

The 65-year old Smith has served as Ohio State’ athletic director since 2005.

Debbie Holmes began her career in broadcasting in Columbus after graduating from The Ohio State University. She left the Buckeye state to pursue a career in television news and worked as a reporter and anchor in Moline, Illinois and Memphis, Tennessee.