Fresh off winning his 3rd National Championship – and first with Ohio State – Urban Meyer now has the money to go with the hardware.
Ohio State University has re-signed college football head coach Urban Meyer to a contract that runs through 2021 and will make him the 2nd-highest paid coach in college football.
The Dayton Daily News reported that the new contract for Meyer upgrades his salary from $4.9 million to $5.8 million in 2015, and will pay him an average of $6.5 million per year from 2016 through 2021 – only Alabama head coach Nick Saban will earn more.
Meyer was hired by the Buckeyes in 2012 after a sensational career as head coach of the Florida Gators, where he won two National Championships alongside QB Tim Tebow. Since joining the Buckeyes he has led the team to three straight seasons with 12 wins or more, along with a perfect 24-0 record in the Big Ten conference.
In 2014, the Buckeyes went 11-1 in the regular season with backup QB J. T. Barrett replacing injured starter Braxton Miller. But when Barrett went down in the season finale against Michigan, third-string QB Cardale Jones was given his first college start in the Big Ten Championship game – which was a 59-0 throttling win over the Wisconsin Badgers that gave them a spot in the Sugar Bowl of the College Football Playoffs against the SEC Champion Alabama Crimson Tide. Meyer and Jones led the Buckeyes to a 42-35 win over Nick Saban’s Alabama Crimson Tide and faced off against the PAC-12 Champion Oregon Ducks and Heisman Trophy winner Marcus Mariota. The Buckeyes easily dominated Oregon offensively thanks to Jones and over 200 yards rushing by Ezekiel Elliot, leading to a 42-20 victory.
“I am honored to serve as football coach at The Ohio State University and to represent this great university,” Meyer said in a press release from the school. “It is a privilege to coach and mentor the young men in this program, and I want to thank President Drake and Mr. Smith for their support and their trust in me.”