Columbus — Ohio State trustees are expected to approve a two-year contract extension for football coach Urban Meyer Friday.
The extension through the 2022 season will give Meyer a $1.2 million annual raise. A committee of the board of trustees rubber-stamped the deal Thursday.
The $7.6 million total cash compensation package will make the 53-year-old Meyer the highest paid coach in the Big Ten and third-highest nationally.
Michigan's Jim Harbaugh will make $7.5 million and Alabama’s Nick Saban $7.125 million in 2018, according to USA Today's database of college coaches' compensation.
Meyer is 73-8 in his six years as head coach, including a 47-3 record in the Big Ten with six consecutive divisional championships and two Big Ten championships. The Buckeyes won the national championship under Meyer in 2014.
“I want to thank President Michael V. Drake for his guidance and the Board of Trustees for its work in considering this extension,” athletic director Gene Smith said in a statement. “I think everyone will agree that we have one of the finest coaches and mentors in Urban Meyer leading our football program.”
WVU calls game over snow
Much of West Virginia is due for another blast of winter, a forecast that led West Virginia University to cancel its scheduled spring football game in Morgantown on Saturday.
The National Weather Service says southern and western sections of the state could get 4 inches or more of snow starting Friday night.
WVU athletic director Shane Lyons says the move was made to assure the safety of the players as well as fans who might be traveling to the game.
A winter storm watch has been posted for Cabell, Lincoln, Mason, Putnam and Wayne counties. Other areas of the state are expected to get lesser amounts.
ACC title game home to stay
The Atlantic Coast Conference is making Charlotte, North Carolina the long-term home for its football championship game, keeping it in the Queen City through 2030.
“Charlotte remains at the center of our footprint,” Commissioner John Swofford said Thursday at a news conference, during which he cited the fact that eight of the league’s schools are within 300 miles of the city as among the reasons the conference wanted to keep the game here.
Solid attendance figures were also a major consideration in the decision for the 10-year contract extension that allows the Charlotte Sports Foundation to continue hosting the game.
The conference championship has been played at Bank of America Stadium, home of the NFL’s Carolina Panthers, seven of the past eight seasons — and four of those were sellouts. That includes last year’s championship game when 74,372 fans watched No. 1 Clemson defeat No. 7 Miami 38-3.
The contract extension comes amid uncertainty over the future of the Panthers ownership — as well as the future of the stadium.