Greg Schiano and Ryan Day will be the the first two assistant coaches to make over a million dollars in a season, the school announced Wednesday. Schiano will make $1.5 milion and Day will make $1 million.
The move puts Ohio State back on pace with the country’s other top programs. Across the nation, 15 assistants made over a million dollars in 2017, and that number will only get bigger in 2018. Schiano’s salary of $700,000 put him as the 41st-highest-paid assistant in FBS in 2017.
Ohio State Assistant Coaching Staff Salaries and Increases for 2018
Greg Schiano – $700,000 in 2017 to $1,500,000 in 2018: $800,000 increase
Ryan Day – $400,000 in 2017 to $1,000,000 in 2018: $600,000 increase
Kevin Wilson – $650,000 in 2017 to $800,000 in 2018: $150,000 increase
Alex Grinch – $800,000 in 2018
Larry Johnson – $575,225 in 2017 to $750,000 in 2018; $174,775 increase
Tony Alford – $450,000 in 2017 to $525,000 in 2018; $75,000 increase
Bill Davis – $500,000 in 2017; $500,000 in 2018
Greg Studrawa – $410,000 in 2017 to $500,000 in 2018; $90,000 increase
Taver Johnson – $345,000 in 2018
Zach Smith – $300,000 in 2017 to $340,000 in 2018; $40,000 increase
Schiano, Ohio State’s defensive coordinator and associate head coach, had recently flirted with becoming the Patriots’ defensive coordinator. But after reports emerged that Schiano was expected to head to New England, the coach announced he was staying in Columbus. Head coach Urban Meyer promoted Day to offensive coordinator last month after Day received interest from the Tennessee Titans to potentially become their offensive coordinator.
This offseason, Schiano agreed to terms with Tennessee to become the Vols’ new head coach before fan backlash infamously led to the program electing not to hire him. The former Rutgers and Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach hasn’t shut the door on head coaching forever, but seems happy in Columbus.
“I’m going to stick to the job that I have, but I do have aspirations of doing that,” Schiano said last week. “But it doesn’t have to happen, if that makes sense. I’ve done it for 13 years, I enjoy doing it, but I love what I’m doing right now.
“I’m at the stage of my career where [what matters] is if I enjoy getting up to go to work, if I enjoy the people I do it with, and most importantly, is my family in a good situation? When the answer is yes, yes, yes, then it would really take something special to get you to not do that.”
Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith confirmed the school would have its first million-dollar assistant in a press conference during last week’s National Signing Day. These comments came after he confirmed he and Meyer were working on an extension for the head coach. Smith said Meyer won’t be making as much as Alabama’s Nick Saban or Texas A&M’s Jimbo Fisher.
“The reality is we have to compensate people consistent with the expectations and their performance,” he told reporters. “So we have always done that, we’ll do the same with Urban when his contract comes up, you’ll see that. But do I think that there’s some things that are out of kilter with the entire — when you look at the market, it has skewed things so crazy, if you include them in the market.
“I’m not a big believer in 10-year contracts, I’m just not one of those guys. I think that that’s, I mean a full guaranteed 10-year contract, I’m just been in this business too long to understand what that means. So I think that skews things. So when you have those one off’s and that’s rights for them, let’s be clear. It’s not — that’s right for them, but not right for us.”
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