[OT] Urban Meyer to sign contract extension for an additional 5 years (2022)

Submitted by BoFlex on February 7th, 2018 at 12:24 PM

Exactly, as the title says... On his way out of the recruiting presser to announce the committment of 5* OT Nicholas Petit-Frere and 4* OLB Javontae Jean-Baptiste, Urban confirmed rumors that he has been approached with and plans to sign a 5-year contract extension until 2022.



Urban Meyer says Ohio State has extended an offer to him for a contract extension that he expects to sign soon.

— Dan Hope (@Dan_Hope) February 7, 2018


Cali Citrus Man

February 7th, 2018 at 12:54 PM ^

Why would Urban leave?  He was given the keys to a Rolls Royce already washed and gassed up.  He walked into way more talent than other B1G teams.  

Why would he attempt a true rebuild for the first time?

Also - there's no way he's going to risk the NFL as he would not have a clear talent advantage there.  He would most likely fail like Saban.

All that being said he's got an easy job; no reason to leave.

Perkis-Size Me

February 7th, 2018 at 1:00 PM ^

I hope you weren't being serious. No one could ever reasonably assume he'd go to the NFL. Never mind the fact that his system would not work in the league (hard to get athletes out in space when the defense you're lining up across from has just as good of athletes as you, if not better ones).

The main reason he won't go to the NFL is because Michigan isn't that lucky. As Del Griffith once said, you'd have better luck playing pick-up sticks with your butt cheeks than you would having something like that happen. 


February 7th, 2018 at 12:30 PM ^

What does a contract extension really mean these days...? If he want's to retire, he's gonna retire. If he wants to go to the NFL, he's gonna go to the NFL.

Only thing it does it create a larger buyout if he's fired or decides to go to another school, neither of which are happening.

Section 1.8

February 7th, 2018 at 12:30 PM ^

Because OSU AD Gene Smith just went public with his complaint that new contracts for Nick Saban and Jimbo Fisher were "ridiculous."

I love the details in these contracts; seeing how golf club memberships, private jets and outside income are dealt with.

11W, with the quotes from Smith:


We'll soon see what's "ridiculous," and what is a great and important deal for the head football coach of The Ohio State University.  Per Gene Smith.


Section 1.8

February 7th, 2018 at 1:18 PM ^

Based on the timing, I expect that they have been working on an extension of Meyer's contract for some time, and Smith's comments came as he was deeply into those negotiations, and knew where Meyer's final contract terms were heading, and wanted to address -- preemptively -- the fact that they might not be equivalent to Alabama- or A&M-type numbers.

I'm rather sympathetic to at least some of Smith's concerns; I'm a donor/booster/season ticket holder who is getting tired of the cost of college football.



February 7th, 2018 at 1:19 PM ^

OSU is very likely Urban's final destination.  Another 10 years or so, then he'll retire.  And of course he's already made millions upon millions of dollars.

Given such, I bet that OSU is getting a little bit of a "hometown discount" in paying Urban.  He'll get paid, of course.  But not at Jimbo Fisher type levels.

So Gene Smith gets to look like the good guy!  He makes his point about the Saban & Fisher contracts while also keeping Urban in the fold for years to come.


February 7th, 2018 at 12:34 PM ^

Is this actual news?  Were they going to fire him for poor performance?  Was he expected to retire next year?  

Last time I checked, good coaches tend to be perpetually be on contracts that expire mutiple years in the future.  Standard practice.