Ohio State did not make the College Football Playoff in 2017, but it’s hard to argue the season was a failure in Columbus. If it was, it had to be the most successful failed season in college football history.
How else do you classify a season in which Ohio State won the Big Ten, demolished USC in the Cotton Bowl, registered a sixth straight win over Michigan and finished No. 5 nationally in both polls?
The Ohio State administration has classified 2017 a success, because on Wednesday the Buckeyes announced massive raises for Urban Meyer’s coaching staff.
Defensive coordinator Greg Schiano, who was very close to joining the New England Patriots’ staff, received a substantial reward for remaining in Columbus. He more than doubled his salary, leaping from $700,000 in 2017 to $1.5 million in ’18.
Ryan Day, who was promoted to the Buckeyes’ offensive coordinator last month, earned the largest raise on a percentage basis, as his salary more than doubled from $400,000 to $1 million. Co-offensive coordinator Kevin Wilson also received a raise to $800,000, which is in line with co-defensive coordinator Alex Grinch.
Every assistant except linebackers coach Bill Davis earned a double-digit percentage increase. Wide receivers coach Zach Smith is the low man on the totem pole — at $340,000.
The overall staff pool jumped by nearly 60 percent. Even when removing Grinch’s new $800,000 salary, Ohio State is paying its nine returning coaching slots 40 percent more than last year.
Though the jump from below $5 million to more than $7 million is eye-popping, it’s more of just Ohio State catching up to the market. Clemson boosted its salary pool from $5.7 million to $6.6 million earlier this month. National champion Alabama and runner-up Georgia should announce similar raises this offseason; the Tide had the nation’s largest salary pool in 2017 at just below $6 million, according to USA Today.
Meyer also confirmed at his Signing Day press conference that he expects to ink a new contract soon as well. He made $6.4 million in 2017, which ranked fourth nationally.
|Coach||2017 Salary||2018 Salary||Raise|
|Associate head coach/defensive coordinator/safeties coach Greg Schiano||$700,000||$1.5 million||$800,000 (114.3%)|
|Co-offensive coordinator/QBs coach Ryan Day||$400,000||$1 million||$600,000 (150%)|
|Co-offensive coordinator/TEs coach Kevin Wilson||$650,000||$800,000||$150,000 (23.1%)|
|Tenth assistant Alex Grinch||N/A||$800,000||N/A|
|Assistant head coach/DL coach Larry Johnson||$575,225||$750,000||$174,775 (30.4%)|
|Assistant head coach for offense/RBs coach Tony Alford||$450,000||$525,000||$75,000 (16.7%)|
|Linebackers coach Bill Davis||$500,000||$500,000||None|
|Offensive line coach Greg Studrawa||$410,000||$500,000||$90,000 (22%)|
|Cornerbacks coach Taver Johnson||N/A||$345,000||N/A|
|Wide receivers coach Zach Smith||$300,000||$340,000||$40,000 (13.3%)|
|Total||$4.485 million*||$7.06 million||$2.575 million (57.41%)|
* – Includes $500,000 for former cornerbacks coach Kerry Coombs