NEW ORLEANS - Ohio State coach Urban Meyer got to know Jack Harbaugh and his son, John, coming up the coaching ladder, but Meyer said yesterday, "I don't know Jim." Meyer will be getting to know Jim Harbaugh soon enough.
NEW ORLEANS - Ohio State coach Urban Meyer got to know Jack Harbaugh and his son, John, coming up the coaching ladder, but Meyer said yesterday, "I don't know Jim."
Meyer will be getting to know Jim Harbaugh soon enough. Harbaugh was named coach of his alma mater, Michigan, yesterday. The former Stanford coach returns to college football after four seasons with the San Francisco 49ers. That time included a loss in the Super Bowl in 2013 when he faced the Baltimore Ravens, coached by John.
>> Follow @buckeyextra on Twitter, because it's the right thing to do
"Anytime you add a quality coach to the Big Ten or college football," Meyer said, "obviously, it's good for college football and great for the Big Ten."
Ohio State is preparing for a College Football Playoff semifinal on Thursday against Alabama in the Sugar Bowl.
"I've had a good relationship with the entire Harbaugh family for probably 30 years," Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban said. "So I'm happy and excited that someone of Jim Harbaugh's character and quality is going to come back and be a part of college football. And I'm sure he'll do a fantastic job at the University of Michigan, which has great tradition."
Harbaugh agreed to a seven-year contract worth at least $5 million a year, putting him in the top five nationally in coach's pay. Meyer makes $4.5 million a year and Saban makes the most at $6.9 million.
Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith was asked whether Harbaugh's contract would have him rethinking Meyer's salary.
"Not at this point in time," Smith said. "Urban's contract ends in 2018, so there will be some time between now and then where we'll make some adjustments. He was third (nationally) when we brought him in … so somewhere within this window we will have to do something."
Smith saw positives in Harbaugh potentially restoring Michigan to national prominence. The Wolverines went 5-7 this season.
"We want to beat 'em every year. Let's be clear," Smith said. "But we want every school in our league to perform well, particularly outside of our league. … The reality is we do need them to be strong, we need Penn State to be strong and we need all the others to be strong."Wilson ready
Ohio State hybrid back Dontre Wilson said that he will be able to play on Thursday.
Wilson suffered a broken foot on Nov. 8 against Michigan State. He was in a boot while departing the team plane on Saturday but was walking in regular shoes without a limp yesterday.
"It's way better," Wilson said. "I'm probably right now about 85 percent. I'll be able to contribute."
Wilson began the season as a starter, sharing time with Jalin Marshall. As Marshall developed into a big-play performer, Wilson's playing time began to diminish before he was injured.
"He's hit rehab really hard," receivers coach Zach Smith said. "It'll be a matter of today's practice and how it feels on game day."