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Thad Matta Cashes In Bonus Money With Ohio State Trip To The Final Four

In his eight years at Ohio State, Thad Matta has coached one of the most consistently successful NCAA basketball programs in the country. The Buckeyes are headed to their second Final Four this weekend with Matta at the helm, and as often happens this time of year, the media is shedding light on the incentive bonuses Matta and his fellow coaches are cashing in. The AP reports that he's already racked up a total of $100,000 in bonuses, with plenty more on the line this weekend in NOLA:

Via Associated Press:

The Ohio State coach already has accrued $20,000 for a Big Ten co-championship and $40,000 for making the NCAA tournament. He earned another $20,000 for making the regional finals and $20,000 more when the Buckeyes beat top-seeded Syracuse for a spot in the Final Four.

That's a total of $100,000 in bonuses so far, and Matta would double it if the Buckeyes win two more games for the school's first national title since 1960.

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