Sports briefs: Ohio State's loss costs Urban Meyer $350,000
college football • The loss to Michigan State University on Saturday and getting bumped from the national championship game will cost Ohio State University head football coach Urban Meyer $350,000 in bonus payments, according to his contract.
Meyer's six-year contract with OSU calls for a $250,000 payment if his team makes it to a national championship game and $100,000 bonus if the Buckeyes win the Big Ten championship game. Both of those options came to a halt for this season when the Spartans beat the Buckeyes 34-24 in Indianapolis, snapping Ohio State's 24-game winning streak.
But Meyer is due $650,000 in bonus payments in coming months: a $450,000 retention payment, $50,000 for winning the Big Ten Leaders Division title and $150,000 check for a Bowl Championship Series game appearance. That's all on top of his $4 million-a-year compensation package.
Texas coach Brown's status up in air
college football • Texas Athletic Director Steve Patterson says no decision has been made about the future of Longhorns coach Mack Brown. Texas released a statement by Patterson several hours after Orangebloods.com reported, citing two unidentified sources, that Brown will announce he is stepping down by week's end. Joe Jamail, Brown's longtime friend and attorney, said on Tuesday: "Mack Brown has not resigned."
Free-speech zone planned in Sochi
olYmpics • IOC President Thomas Bach said Russia will set up public protest zones in Sochi during the Winter Olympics, a move unlikely to defuse criticism of the country's human rights record and a recent law banning gay "propaganda." Bach said he didn't have any details on where the protest zones would be located or how they would be managed during the Games, which run from Feb. 7-23.
From wire reports