Ohio State head football coach Urban Meyer is set to make $7.6 million next season with a 2-year contract extension that will give him a $1.2 million pay increase over what he made in 2017.
Meyer’s new deal, which was partially approved Thursday by a committee of the university’s governing board, would make him the nation’s highest-paid public school football coach in 2018, according to USA Today. The extension is still awaiting approval by the full board, which is scheduled to vote on the matter Friday. If approved, Meyer would remain with the Buckeyes through the 2022 season.
“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 athletics director Gene Smith said in a statement. “I think everyone will agree that we have one of the finest coaches and mentors in Urban Meyer leading our football program.”
Only two other head coaches at public universities, Alabama’s Nick Saban and Michigan’s Jim Harbaugh, have existing contracts that will pay them at least $7 million next season. New Texas A&M head coach Jimbo Fisher is also likely to end up in this group. Fisher signed a 10-year deal worth $75 million, but his pay for next season has yet to be made public.