The Ohio State University board of trustees approved a contract extension today for head football coach Urban Meyer, following a committee recommendation Thursday.
The extension will run through the 2022 season, ending on Jan. 31, 2023, and would give Meyer, 53, an annual $7.6 million total cash compensation package. That would make Meyer the highest-paid coach in the Big Ten.
College football's top-paid coach is Nick Saban of Alabama, where he has won five national championships. He will make $11.25 million this year. Swinney was paid $8.5 million last year, and Jim Harbaugh of Michigan received just over $7 million. Also joining the club this year will be Jimbo Fisher, who was lured away from Florida State to coach Texas A&M with a 10-year, $75 million contract.
Meyer made $6.43 million in 2017. His bonuses are unchanged in the extension. They include $100,000 for winning the Big Ten title, $250,000 for making the College Football Playoff semifinals and $100,000 for reaching the title game.