It’s been known for some time that Jim Christian, who left TCU to take over for the departed John Groce at Ohio, was in charge of the Bobcat program.
The only question was his contract and according to the Athens Post, Christian and school president Roderick McDavis applied their signatures to the document that makes things final.
Athletic director Jim Davis also signed off on the contract, which will pay Christian a base salary of $325,000 and a total of $425,000 per season after figuring in radio, television and public appearances.
Christian can also earn $10,000 bonuses should the Bobcats win the MAC (regular season or postseason) or an NCAA tournament game, and at the end of each season he can also earn a “longevity bonus” of $100,000.
And based on who all returns to Athens, Christian definitely has a chance of cashing in on a couple of those bonuses (not counting the “longevity bonus”) immediately.
Point guard D.J. Cooper and shooting guard Walter Offutt leading five returnees who all averaged at least eight points per game.
That cast helped lead the Bobcats to their first Sweet 16 appearance ever, and if the chemistry cultivated in that late-season run (Ohio won ten of eleven before falling to North Carolina) is still there they can duplicate that feat.
The biggest challenge for Ohio in the MAC will likely be defending regular season champion Akron, who fell to the Bobcats by a point in the MAC tournament final.
According to the Post, Christian’s staff (three assistants and the director of basketball operations) will be paid a total of $292,000 this season.
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