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Ohio State hands out massive raises to Urban Meyer's coaching staff, becomes first staff to top $7 million mark

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.


2017 Salary

2018 Salary


Associate head coach/defensive coordinator/safeties coach Greg Schiano


$1.5 million

$800,000 (114.3%)

Co-offensive coordinator/QBs coach Ryan Day


$1 million

$600,000 (150%)

Co-offensive coordinator/TEs coach Kevin Wilson



$150,000 (23.1%)

Tenth assistant Alex Grinch




Assistant head coach/DL coach Larry Johnson



$174,775 (30.4%)

Assistant head coach for offense/RBs coach Tony Alford



$75,000 (16.7%)

Linebackers coach Bill Davis




Offensive line coach Greg Studrawa



$90,000 (22%)

Cornerbacks coach Taver Johnson




Wide receivers coach Zach Smith



$40,000 (13.3%)


$4.485 million*

$7.06 million

$2.575 million (57.41%)

* - Includes $500,000 for former cornerbacks coach Kerry Coombs