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Ohio State extends Urban Meyer through 2020

Ohio State extended the contract of head coach Urban Meyer through the 2020 season and will pay him an average of at least $6.5 million annually over the next six years.

Ohio State will extend the contract of head coach Urban Meyer, the school announced on Monday.

The deal, which is subject to board of trustees approval, would pay Meyer an annual average of at least $6.5 million over the next six years.

Meyer, 50, coached the Buckeyes to the inaugural College Football Playoff championship to cap a 14–1 season during his third year at OSU. His previous contract ran through the 2017 season and would have paid him $4.9 million in 2015. Meyer's new deal, which is retroactive to Feb. 1, will pay him $5.8 million for 2015.

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"Urban Meyer has done an excellent job strengthening our culture of commitment to academics, career development and winning championships," Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith said in a release. "Our young men continue to thrive under his leadership, whether on the playing field where they are national champions, through life skills pursuits like Real Life Wednesdays, internships and job fairs, and academically through program-wide efforts to monitor the progress of every student-athlete which has helped the team achieve its highest graduation success rate at 78 percent.

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"Additionally, he continues to develop his coaches and attract talented leaders when needed."

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According to a USA Today database of college football head coach salaries, Meyer's $5.8 million pay for 2015 would have made him the second-highest paid coach last season behind Alabama's Nick Saban.

Meyer's .845 winning percentage (142–26) is the highest among active FBS coaches with at least 10 years of Division I experience. At Ohio State, he has coached the Buckeyes to a 38–3 record and 24–0 mark in Big Ten conference play.

Mike Fiammetta