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Pay hike not in the offing (yet) for Urban Meyer

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Coming off back-to-back 12-win seasons, most head football coaches would be in line for a sizable bump in pay.

When it comes to Urban Meyer, however, that’s not the case.  Well, at least for the immediate future it’s not.

In an interview with Jeremy Fowler of, Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith revealed that, at the moment, there are no plans to make any type of “adjustments” to Meyer’s current deal.  Smith stated Meyer is already a well-compensated coach, and strongly intimated that the Buckeyes will need to win a title — Big Ten or College Football Playoff, presumably — before any contractual enhancements are consummated.

“We started out with a good contract. The timing was right,” Smith told Fowler. “The dollars will eventually change at some point because the market’s changing, Nick Saban and all that. Urban’s still in the top 10. He’s probably in the top 8, he came in at top 5, he’s probably slidden, he might be in the top 8 now.

“There will be a time, probably when he wins a championship, or there’s some elite performance of that nature where we need to look at the market again. … There will be a window, I don’t know when. It will happen.”

Despite no pay raise on the horizon, you won’t have to worry about the Meyer household being forced to replace Oreos with Hydrox at any point in the near future.  USA Today pegged Meyer’s total pay for the 2013 season at $4.608 million.  That total was tops in the Big Ten — Michigan’s Brady Hoke was next at $4.154 million — while it was sixth nationally behind Alabama’s Nick Saban ($5.396 million), Texas’ Mack Brown ($5.393 million), Arkansas’ Bret Bielema ($5.195 million), Tennessee’s Butch Jones ($4.86 million) and Oklahoma’s Bob Stoops ($4.773 million).

Even as Brown “stepped down” at UT, Meyer would still fall just outside of last year’s Top Five as Brown’s replacement, Charlie Strong, signed a five-year contract that will pay him $5 million the first year.

Upon his hiring as the permanent replacement for Jim Tressel in November of 2011, Meyer was the third-highest paid head coach in the country, behind only Saban and Brown.  Meyer’s current contract runs through the 2017 season.

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11 Responses to “Pay hike not in the offing (yet) for Urban Meyer”
  1. brianincbus says: Mar 24, 2014 4:04 PM

    LOL at Brady Hoke making that much money for finishing 3rd or worst in the B1G every year. I guess we only have 1 more year to enjoy fat boy getting trounced up north. 😦

  2. spunhead73 says: Mar 24, 2014 4:38 PM

    Not hard to win when your schedule is a bunch of cupcakes. Overrated!!!!

  3. wadaea says: Mar 24, 2014 4:44 PM

    Charlie Strong will be a bad memory in three years….

  4. barkleyblows says: Mar 24, 2014 5:01 PM

    Brady Hoke and Charlie Strong making that much money is laughable.

  5. thraiderskin says: Mar 24, 2014 5:51 PM

    Good… win something!

  6. derekgorgonstar says: Mar 24, 2014 5:52 PM

    I guess Meyer doesn’t have a penalty in there when one of his boys gets arrested, he’d ending up owing ohio money……

  7. mogogo1 says: Mar 24, 2014 7:04 PM

    Wow, does Michigan ever spend money like water with nothing to show for it. They were just on another list for highest paid coordinators.

  8. 10kmp says: Mar 24, 2014 7:44 PM

    Hoke making that money is laughable, and Tennessee paying Butch Jones almost 5 mil a year is suspect… but Bielema making more than Urban Meyer and Bob Stoops is beyond laughable. It’s ridiculous. Those rubes at Arkansas are pitiful. Bielema will be (is already) a massive failure there…

  9. 10kmp says: Mar 24, 2014 8:06 PM

    @ derekgorgonstar said:

    “he’d ending up owing ohio money…”

    When you’re making moonshine in your bib overalls and bare feet up in the hills of whatever SEC paradise you’re from, does your still emit fumes? I think you may have logged too many hours breathing in those vapors… or are you just showing off your SEC “education”?

  10. florida727 says: Mar 25, 2014 9:43 AM

    I say good for all those guys. They’re doing what they love doing, and they got somebody to agree to pay them absurd amounts of money to do it. Wouldn’t all of us like to get paid like that and work in a job we love? They just happen to be able to. If I loved being an architect, how cool would it be to makes millions and being able to be an architect? Why the hate? They’re living a dream we’d all like to be living.

  11. 1chilla says: Mar 25, 2014 2:23 PM

    Damn Brady Hoke n Brett bielema should be charge with robbery cause its no way in he’ll they worth that much…bielema makes more than Meyer that’s ludercris

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