Ohio State coach Urban Meyer up for two-year extension

Ohio State is giving football coach Urban Meyer a two-year contract extension running through the 2022 season, pending by approval by the university board of trustees.

The board is expected to vote Friday.

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“I want to thank President Michael V. Drake for his guidance and the Board of Trustees for its work in considering this extension,” athletic director Gene Smith said. “I think everyone will agree that we have one of the finest coaches and mentors in Urban Meyer leading our football program.”

Meyer will receive a $1.2 million raise. His total salary for the 2018 season will be $7.6 million, surpassing Michigan’s Jim Harbaugh as the highest paid coach in the Big Ten Conference. Meyer will be the third highest paid coach in the nation.

Meyer is 73-8 in six seasons at OSU, including 47-3 in Big Ten games with six division championships and two Big Ten championships.

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Meyer led Ohio State to the inaugural College Football Playoff national championship in 2014 – the eighth national title in school history and first since 2002. He also guided the Buckeyes to victories in the Sugar Bowl in 2015, the Fiesta Bowl in 2015 and 2017 and the Cotton Bowl in January with a 24-7 triumph of USC.

Ohio State is tied for the fewest losses in the nation since Meyer took over, and the program’s 73 wins are second-most since the start of the Meyer’s tenure in 2012 (Alabama, 76).

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