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Greg Schiano is the highest-paid assistant in Ohio State history.

Ohio State football: Greg Schiano, Ryan Day become million-dollar assistants; Buckeyes set timeline for Urban Meyer’s extension

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Ohio State hands out big raises among coaching staff

Ohio State’s assistant coaches will make a lot more money in 2018. The Buckeyes announced a handful of raises (totaling $3.4 million) among their football assistants on Wednesday afternoon. Those new salaries include the program’s first two assistant coaches who will make at least $1 million per year. Defensive coordinator Greg Schiano now will make $1.5 million, while co-offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach Ryan Day will have an annual salary of $1 million.

Schiano and Day were not the only coaches to get raises. Ohio State gave salary bumps to seven of its eight returning assistant coaches. Here are their new salaries entering the 2018 season:

  • Schiano – $700,000 in 2017 to $1,500,000 in 2018: $800,000 increase
  • Day – $400,000 in 2017 to $1 million in 2018: $600,000 increase
  • Kevin Wilson – $650,000 in 2017 to $800,000 in 2018: $150,000 increase
  • Alex Grinch – $800,000 in 2018
  • Larry Johnson – $575,225 in 2017 to $750,000 in 2018; $174,775 increase
  • Tony Alford – $450,000 in 2017 to $525,000 in 2018; $75,000 increase
  • Bill Davis – $500,000 in 2017; $500,000 in 2018
  • Greg Studrawa – $410,000 in 2017 to $500,000 in 2018; $90,000 increase
  • Taver Johnson – $345,000 in 2018
  • Zach Smith – $300,000 in 2017 to $340,000 in 2018; $40,000 increase

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Urban Meyer’s extension to be voted on in April

Also discussed in Ohio State’s Wednesday news release was Urban Meyer’s contract extension. Meyer disclosed last week that he and Ohio State were working on a two-year extension that would keep him in Columbus through the 2022 season. The university said “discussions are underway” about a new deal and that it was expected to be voted on by the Board of Trustees in April.

First-place Buckeyes back on court vs. Penn State

Ohio State has a chance to avenge its only Big Ten loss of the season on Thursday against Penn State. The Buckeyes — 13-1 in Big Ten play and in sole possession of first place — play the Nittany Lions in State College, Pa., at 8 p.m. ET on the Big Ten Network. Ohio State fell to Penn State on a buzzer-beater on Jan. 25.

Ohio State will get Kam Williams back after a three-game suspension for a violation of team rules, coach Chris Holtmann announced on Wednesday.

Williams averages 8 points per game and shoots 46.3 percent from 3-point range.

Keita Bates-Diop named to Naismith Trophy watch list

Ohio State’s best player was named to the list of the 30 players being considered for the 2018 Naismith Trophy on Wednesday. Keita Bates-Diop has put together an impressive season, averaging 19.9 points and 9 rebounds per game.

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