Urban Meyer up for two-year contract extension with Ohio State
COLUMBUS, Ohio (WSYX/WTTE) - Urban Meyer will receive a two-year contract extension that will keep him as the head coach of the Buckeyes through at least the 2022 football season, pending approval by the Ohio State University Board of Trustees.
Meyer would receive an approximate $1.2 million dollar raise as part of the extension to his contract, making his total salary $7.6 million for the 2018 season. That would make him the highest paid coach in the Big Ten, and third highest nationally.
Senior Vice President and Wolfe Foundation Endowed Athletics Director Gene Smith commented on the extension:
I want to thank President Michael V. Drake for his guidance and the Board of Trustees for its work in considering this extension. I think everyone will agree that we have one of the finest coaches and mentors in Urban Meyer leading our football program.
Since Meyer took over in 2012, Ohio State is tied with Alabama for the fewest losses in the nation.
Under Meyer the Buckeyes won the inaugural College Football Playoff national championship at the end of the 2014 season. The title was the eighth national title in school history and first since 2002.
The Buckeyes also won the Big Ten title in 2014 and 2017, the 2015 Sugar Bowl, the 2016 Fiesta Bowl, and the 2017 Cotton Bowl under Meyer.
Meyer's program has produced 33 NFL draft picks in the last five years, including 10 first-round picks.
WSYX/WTTE will continue to follow the latest developments about the pending contract extension.