Ohio State's Ryan Day's salary ranks seventh among Big Ten coaches

Joey Kaufman
Ohio State coach Ryan Day ranks seventh among Big Ten football coaches in salary, three spots behind Northwestern's Pat Fitzgerald, left. [Joshua A. Bickel/Dispatch]

Ohio State’s Ryan Day is the seventh highest-paid football coach in the Big Ten this season, according to the annual database of college coaching salaries compiled by USA Today.

Day makes $4.5 million in total compensation in his first season at the helm of the Buckeyes’ program. That figure includes his base salary and supplemental compensation.

The database was released Tuesday.

Day’s predecessor, Urban Meyer, was one of the highest-paid coaches in the nation. Meyer made $7.6 million in 2018 in his final season at Ohio State, trailing only Alabama coach Nick Saban, who made $8.3 million last year.

Day is among 31 coaches nationally who make more than $4 million in annual compensation in 2019. He ranks No. 22 on the list.

After he was promoted from offensive coordinator to replace Meyer last December, Day has led Ohio State to a 7-0 start this fall ahead of a looming matchup with Wisconsin on Saturday.

At $7.5 million, Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh is the highest-paid coach in the Big Ten this season, followed by Purdue’s Jeff Brohm ($6.6 million), Penn State’s James Franklin ($5.65 million) and Northwestern’s Pat Fitzgerald ($5.14 million).

Only Clemson coach Dabo Swinney ($9.3 million) and Saban ($8.6 million) make more than Harbaugh this season.

The other Big Ten coaches earning more than Day this season are Scott Frost of Nebraska ($5 million) and Kirk Ferentz of Iowa ($4.8 million).


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