Urban Meyer might be a little richer in the very near future.
That was never really in doubt for the Ohio State coach, but it was at least interesting to hear him address his inevitable extension.
In addition to talking about his 2018 class, Meyer also talked about adding a couple of years on to his current contract, which runs through 2020. The offer is already on the table, according to Meyer.
Along with talking about signing class, @OSUCoachMeyer revealed that he is in process of having two year extension added to his contract.
— Tim May (@TIM_MAYsports) February 7, 2018
Urban Meyer says Ohio State has extended an offer to him for a contract extension that he expects to sign soon.
— Dan Hope (@Dan_Hope) February 7, 2018
What will be interesting is how much Meyer, who made $6.4 million in 2017, will earn after Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith called the 10-year, $75 million contract that Texas A&M gave Jimbo Fisher “ridiculous.” Smith said that the Buckeyes wouldn’t use Fisher’s deal as a comparison for Meyer.
Meyer was in line for a raise either way. The question is just going to be how much. Nick Saban and Dabo Swinney made north of $11 million and $8 million, respectively, while Fisher and Jim Harbaugh are both in the $7 million range.
One has to think that Meyer will at least make as much as Fisher, and somewhere in the neighborhood of Swinney’s contract, which he signed after the Tigers won the 2016 College Football Playoff National Championship.
Perhaps Meyer’s new deal would show that he’s not on “the back end of his career” as Swinney suggested.