Ohio State coach Urban Meyer up for 2-year contract extension

Ohio State is close to locking up head football coach Urban Meyer for two more years with a new contract extension, the school announced Thursday.

Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer is up for a contract extension pending a vote by the Ohio State Board of Trustees.

The school announced Thursday that a two-year extension for Meyer was approved by a committee of the board, sending it to the full board to decide Friday.

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

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The extension would add two more years to Meyer's existing contract, making him the Buckeyes' coach through the 2022 season. It also would give him a $1.2 million raise, making his 2018 average salary $7.6 million — the highest salary in the Big Ten and third-highest in the country behind Nick Saban and Dabo Swinney.

Meyer has been with Ohio State for six seasons and has a 73-8 record in that time. He has lost just three Big Ten conference games, winning six straight divisional championships and two Big Ten titles.

The shining accomplishment of Meyer's tenure with the Buckeyes so far was winning the first ever College Football Playoff national championship in 2014-15. The coach's teams have made the College Football Playoff twice in its four years of existence, in 2014-15 and 2016-17. Meyer also added the 2015-16 Fiesta Bowl and the 2017-18 Cotton Bowl to the the trophy case in his time at Ohio State.

Meyer is the winningest active coach in the FBS with a record of 177-31 and a winning percentage of .851. He's also the third winningest coach in Division I football history. At Ohio State, Meyer's 73 wins are the second most in college football in the last six seasons, and his eight losses are tied with Alabama for the fewest in that span.