The latest: Ryan Day’s salary at Ohio State jumps to $7.6 million in 2022 as a part of an extension agreement signed ahead of the 2020 season after he was named Big Ten Coach of the Year for his early success in the post-Urban Meyer era for the Buckeyes. The new deal for Day is supposed to keep him in Columbus through at least through the 2026 football season. Day and the Buckeyes were scheduled to appear in the Big Ten Championship Game last season, with another College Football Playoff opportunity on the horizon, with a win at Michigan, but it didn’t happen after Ohio State’s lengthy winning streak over its archrival came to an end. Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith said in February he hasn’t spoken with Day about his contract in some time.
“I don’t feel an urgency, no. I feel like we need to do it the right way with he and his family and with the university president and board of trustees, and we’ll get to that,” Smith said. “But historically, you guys have watched, I have always tried to make sure that we compensate consistent with expectations and performance. But I don’t feel a sense of urgency.”
Based on expected salary figures and reported contract numbers for several first-year arrivals, here’s who we expect to be the nation’s 10 highest-paid head coaches during the 2022 season.metasports
College football’s highest-paid coaches ahead of the 2022 season is a who’s who list of former national champions and those knocking on the door of their first, including several assuming new roles as first-year leaders of storied programs. USC landing Lincoln Riley and Brian Kelly’s move to LSU resulted in huge, long-term contracts for the high-profile pair coaches, not to mention notable extensions for Mel Tucker and James Franklin within the Big Ten, among others.