Contract for Ohio State's Ryan Day has him among top paid NCAA, Big Ten football coaches

Chris Pugh
The Columbus Dispatch

Ohio State football coach Ryan Day's new contract extension puts him at the top pay level of all coaches in the NCAA.

In four seasons with the Buckeyes, Day has compiled a 34-4 record with wins in the 2020 Sugar Bowl over Clemson and the 2021 Rose Bowl over Utah.

Day's deal, which is pending approval from the university’s board of trustees this week, is worth $9.5 million in annual compensation, according to a news release.

Here is a list of what we know about top-paid coaches in college football according to the USA TODAY's list of salaries published in October along with new contracts signed in November. 

What Lincoln Riley is making at USC is a mystery

In November, Lincoln Riley left Oklahoma to become the new coach of USC. No official numbers have been released since USC is a private school. USA TODAY reported that Riley made $7.6 million at Oklahoma last season, which leads to speculation that Riley's pay is among Saban, Swinney and Day's contracts provided the Trojans increased his salary after poaching him.

Southern California head coach Lincoln Riley talks with his quarterbacks during a March practice.

Nick Saban's annual pay with Alabama is $9.9 million 

Alabama coach Nick Saban's annual compensation with Alabama is $9.9 million.

Alabama head coach Nick Saban looks on during warm ups before the start the Southeastern Conference championship NCAA college football game between Georgia and Alabama in Atlanta, on Saturday, Dec. 4, 2021.

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Mel Tucker making $9.5 million at Michigan State as part of a 10-year deal 

In November, Michigan State coach Mel Tucker signed a 10-year, $95 million extension to remain at the school.

Michigan State head coach Mel Tucker greets wide receiver Jayden Reed (1) after a touchdown during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Maryland, Saturday, Nov. 13, 2021, in East Lansing, Mich. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

Brian Kelly makes $9.5 million annually at LSU

Kelly received $9.5 million from LSU after leaving Notre Dame in November. 

Newly named LSU Tigers head football coach Brian Kelly gives the "L" sign for LSU as he answers media questions after being introduced in a press conference at Tiger Stadium on Dec. 1, 2021.

Jimbo Fisher's new contract is for $9.5 million annually

In November, Jimbo FIsher received a contract extension from Texas A&M which will pay him $9.5 million per year. 

Jimbo Fisher and Texas A&M finished 8-4 in 2021.

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Joey Kaufman of the Columbus Dispatch contributed to this story.