What was it that persuaded Chris Ash to leave Arkansas for Ohio State?

It wasn't money.

According to the USA Today database of college football coaching salaries, Ash made $550,000 last season. According to an Ohio State football spokesman, the Buckeyes will be paying Ash $520,000.

A university spokesperson said the actual contracts of Ash and new defensive assistant Larry Johnson have not been officially finalized and are not available.

Remarkably, Ash's salary made him just the ninth-highest paid defensive coordinator last season in the SEC, where coaching salaries are always ahead of the rest of the country.

But both Ohio State co-defensive coordinators, Luke Fickell and Everett Withers, also made more than Ash last season. And that was for a defense that ranked 112th in the nation against the pass. Ash is the guy who is supposed to help fix that, with Withers now the head coach at James Madison. The idea that Ash made the jump to the Buckeyes for less money is a little surprising.

In a statement released by Ohio State, Ash said, “I was attracted to this position because it is Ohio State, and I had to wonder if I ever would have this opportunity again. This is one of the top five college football programs in the country."

It doesn't pay that way.