Urban Meyer to be paid $100,000 salary as Ohio State assistant athletic director

Bill Rabinowitz
Urban Meyer will work on fundraising and community relations and teach a class on leadership and character at the Fisher College of Business. [Tyler Schank]

Ohio State will pay Urban Meyer a salary of $100,000 for his role as assistant athletic director, the school said Friday.

Meyer retired as Buckeyes football coach after the Rose Bowl. He made $7.6 million in 2018 and had his contract extended last March through the 2022 season.

Meyer stepped down after a successful but trying season. Though Ohio State went 13-1, including a Big Ten championship, Meyer was suspended for training camp and the first three games as a result of his handling of the Zach Smith domestic-abuse allegations. He also battled headaches caused by a congenital arachnoid cyst in his skull, which he said was the primary reason in his decision to retire.

Ryan Day succeeded him as coach.

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Meyer’s title will be Assistant Athletic Director, Athletics Initiatives and Relations. According to OSU, the position “is responsible for fundraising and community relations initiatives.”

That includes serving as an ambassador through speaking engagements, service events, donor events, corporate events and engagements. Meyer also will “assist in the areas of recruiting, academics, student-athlete personal development programs and game-day events.”

In addition, Meyer will help “design, develop and deliver” leadership initiatives and training for student-athletes and coaches in the program.


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