Urban Meyer will be the second-highest paid coach in college football after receiving an extension that will keep him at Ohio State through the year 2020. He will make $6.5 million over the next six seasons, passing Michigan’s new head coach Jim Harbaugh and second to only Alabama’s Nick Saban.
It’s essentially a three-year extension for Meyer, who originally was signed through the 2017 season. But after winning the national championship at Ohio State, it was a clear that a raise was coming.
Meyer is 38-3 in his three seasons with the Buckeyes, including a perfect 24-0 in the Big Ten regular season. His best coaching job for the Buckeyes–if not for his entire coaching career–was taking down Alabama and Oregon in the playoffs without top two quarterbacks Braxton Miller and J.T. Barrett. Cardale Jones, a third-string sophomore, led the Ohio State offense instead.
Meyer, 50, will be 56 when his current deal ends. The timeline will likely lead to plenty of additional speculation in terms of his next challenge, continuing at Ohio State or retiring.