Ohio State announced on Thursday that football coach Urban Meyer will receive a two-year contract extension, pending approval by the Ohio State University Board of Trustees.
On Thursday, a committee of the board approved the contract extension for a vote, but it will not be finalized until the full board votes on the matter on Friday. If approved, Meyer will continue coaching the Buckeyes through at least the 2022 football season, and will receive an approximate $1.2 million raise.
Pending approval, Meyer’s total salary for the 2018 season will be $7.6 million. That mark will make Meyer the highest paid coach in the Big Ten, passing Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh, and he will be the third highest paid coach in the nation.
“I want to thank President Michael V. Drake for his guidance and the Board of Trustees for its work in considering this extension,” Ohio State Athletic Director Gene Smith said in the release. “I think everyone will agree that we have one of the finest coaches and mentors in Urban Meyer leading our football program.”
So, Ohio State just announced that Urban Meyer's new annual salary will be $7.6 million. Breaking it down, that's …
• $20,821.92 per day
• $867.58 per hour
• $14.46 per minute
• 24 cents per second.
So in the time it took you to read this tweet, he made 7 bucks.
— Mike Pearson (@B1GLLL) April 5, 2018
Meyer is entering his seventh season as Ohio State’s coach. In his first six seasons with the program, the Buckeyes have gone 73-8, including a 47-3 record against Big Ten opponents. In addition, the Buckeyes have won six straight Big Ten divisional championships and have won two Big Ten championships (2014, 2017).
In only his third season with Ohio State, Meyer led the Buckeyes to the inaugural College Football Playoff in 2014, where they went on to win the national championship over Oregon. Meyer has also led Ohio State to wins in the 2015 Sugar Bowl over Alabama, the 2017 Fiesta Bowl over Notre Dame and the 2017 Cotton Bowl over USC.
Lastly, Meyer is tied for the fewest losses in the nation since his tenure at Ohio State began, and his 73 wins are second only to Alabama in that span.