Ohio State football assistant coaches receive raises

Ohio State defensive coordinator Greg Schiano stands on the sidelines during an NCAA college football game against Rutgers Saturday, Sept. 30, 2017, in Piscataway, N.J. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)
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Ohio State athletics is increasing the salaries and benefits for the football assistant coaches.

Associate head coach/defensive coordinator Greg Schiano and Offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach Ryan Day will join the handful of assistant coaches making at least $1 million.

Both coaches were pursued by NFL teams and other programs during the offseason.

“The reality is we have to compensate people consistent with the expectations and their performance,” Gene Smith, Senior Vice President and Wolfe Foundation Endowed Athletics Director, said last week. “I am incredibly pleased with the performance of these coaches, year after year, and I’m certain Buckeye Nation is, as well.”

Each of the assistants are expected to be among the top three in salary at their respective position within the Big Ten for 2018.

Discussions are underway on a two-year contract extension for head coach Urban Meyer.

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 (new hire)
  • 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 (new hire)
  • Zach Smith – $300,000 in 2017 to $340,000 in 2018; $40,000 increase