Online day for a big payday
COLUMBUS — Ohio State plans to raise Ryan Day’s annual salary to $9.5 million as part of a two-year contract extension that will put him among the highest-paid college football coaches in the nation.
The extension was one of five extensions or new contracts the Athletic Department has recommended for Buckeye coaches, including the head coaches of the men’s and women’s basketball teams.
The recommendations will need to be approved by the university’s board of trustees on Thursday.
Day’s raise makes him the latest coach to earn $9 million a year, putting him in the company of Alabama’s Nick Saban and Clemson’s Dabo Swinney and in line with recent mega-deals given to Mel Tucker of the State of Michigan and Brian Kelly of LSU.
In three seasons, Day led the Buckeyes to a 34-4 record, including 23-1 in the Big Ten.
The contract extension would keep him sidelined at OSU for at least the 2028 football season.
The deal increases Day’s total compensation from $7.6 million per year to $9.5 million with a base salary of $2 million per year.
The three-year contract extension offered by men’s basketball coach Chris Holtmann includes a $500,000 raise, bringing his total annual compensation to $3.5 million with a base salary of $1 million per year.
Under Holtmann, the Buckeyes were one of only three Power 5 teams to win 20 games in each of the past five years, joining Kansas and Oregon.
Women’s coach Kevin McGuff will get a new four-year contract with a base salary of $675,000 and an annual rate of pay of $1 million.
In his ninth year as head coach, McGuff led the Buckeyes to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament for the second time in four years.
Men’s lacrosse coach Nick Myers is given a new five-year contract and men’s ice hockey coach Steve Rohlik is in line for a two-year extension.