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Ohio State's Ryan Day salary ranks second among Big Ten football coaches in annual report

Joey Kaufman
Buckeye Xtra
Ohio State Buckeyes head coach Ryan Day shakes the hand of Michigan Wolverines head coach Jim Harbaugh after the Buckeyes won 56-27 during their game at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan on November 30, 2019. [Kyle Robertson/Dispatch]

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).

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