Ohio State's Ryan Day salary ranks second among Big Ten football coaches in annual report
Ryan Day trails only Jim Harbaugh as the highest-paid football coach in the Big Ten, according to USA TODAY’s annual survey of college coaching salaries.
After receiving a raise in February following his first season as Ohio State’s coach, Day is set to receive $5.65 million in total compensation for this year.
The figure includes a temporary 5% pay cut he accepted as part of cost-cutting measures implemented by the athletic department in response to the coronavirus pandemic. That leaves him without $101,570 through his contract year, which runs through January.
The latest database for 2020 was published Wednesday.
In his debut season last fall, Day was the seventh highest-paid coach in the conference while he brought in $4.5 million.
Harbaugh, who enters his sixth season as the coach at Michigan, is making $8.03 million, part of a seven-year contract he signed when he returned to his alma mater in late 2014.
The large contract leaves him as the fourth highest-paid coach in the country, following Alabama's Nick Saban ($9.3 million), Louisiana State's Ed Orgeron ($8.9 million) and Clemson's Dabo Swinney ($8.3 million).
Day is the 12th highest-paid coach in the nation. His Buckeyes routed Harbaugh’s Wolverines last season in a 56-27 victory. Harbaugh is 0-5 in the rivalry game since taking over in Ann Arbor, losing four straight games against Urban Meyer, who was then replaced by Day.
The other top-earning coaches in the Big Ten include Northwestern's Pat Fitzgerald ($5.2 million), Michigan State's Mel Tucker ($5.1 million) and Nebraska's Scott Frost ($4.8 million).