Meyer Now Second Highest Paid Coach In College Football

Meyer Now Second Highest Paid Coach In College Football


The stakes are getting higher the college football leagues and every team is looking to do whatever it takes to get stronger. Ohio State football is already known as one of the best in the country and it just strengthened its position by renewing the contract of Coach Urban Meyer. He is now bound to stay with the school up to the 2020 season.

Meyer's new contract gives him $6.5 million a year which is a handsome improvement over his previous annual take of $4.9 million. Thanks to his success in the previous season culminating in last year's national title, he was able to negotiate the increase with the powers that be. Meyer and the Buckeyes had an impressive 3 seasons going 38-3.

He now has the distinction of being the highest paid coach in all of the Big Ten conference. Only one college coach is paid higher in the entire country. It's certainly a career milestone and one that has the full support of Ohio State's Director of Athletics.

Gene Smith cited Meyer's excellence at his job as the key factor in this change. Under his guidance, the Buckeyes have excelled both on the field and off the field. The coach has initiated programs like Real Life Wednesdays to teach life skills, helped organize job fairs, and encouraged internships. The senior members of the team were even able to increase their graduation success rate to 78% which is the highest ever recorded.

Yet another perk for Meyer is that the new rate is retroactive to February 2014. It is now up for approval by the Board of Trustees. Their decision is expected to be released after their meeting in early June.

The raise will start off with $5.8 million this year and climb higher until the annual figure reaches $6.5 million. This magnitude of salary is not unheard of. Nick Saban, the coach of Alabama's Crimson Tide enjoys a yearly salary of $7 million for his efforts.

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Ohio State 2018 Football Schedule

Jan 1st Rose Bowl v Washington
ESPN 5:00pm ET

Sep. 1 Oregon State Beavers
Ohio Stadium, Columbus, OH Noon ET

Sep. 8 Rutgers Scarlet Knights
Ohio Stadium, Columbus, OH 3:30pm ET

Sep. 15 at TCU Horned Frogs
AT&T Stadium, Arlington, TX

Sep. 22 Tulane Green Wave
Ohio Stadium, Columbus, OH

Sep. 29 at Penn State Nittany Lions
Beaver Stadium, University Park, PA

Oct. 6 Indiana Hoosiers (HC)
Ohio Stadium, Columbus, OH 3:30/4pm ET

Oct. 13 Minnesota Golden Gophers
Ohio Stadium, Columbus, OH

Oct. 20 at Purdue Boilermakers
Ross-Ade Stadium, West Lafayette, IN

Nov. 3 Nebraska Cornhuskers
Ohio Stadium, Columbus, OH Time 12:00pm

Nov. 10 at Michigan State Spartans
Spartan Stadium, East Lansing, MI Time TBA

Nov. 17 at Maryland Terrapins
Maryland Stadium, College Park, MD Time TBA

Nov. 24 Michigan Wolverines
Ohio Stadium, Columbus, OH Noon ET

Dec. 1 Big Ten Championship Game
Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, IN 8:00pm ET