Quarterbacks Coach Ryan Day to Earn $400K Base Salary at Ohio State in 2017

By Eric Seger on May 17, 2017 at 2:57 pm
New contract details for Ohio State QBs coach Ryan Day.

Ryan Day, Ohio State's new quarterbacks coach and co-offensive coordinator, is set to earn $400,000 in base salary for the 2017 season, according to the preliminary details of his contract with the university.

Day signed a two-year contract with Ohio State. His base salary beginning Feb. 1, 2018, will increase to $800,000 making it a two-year deal worth a total of $1.2 million. 

2017 Base Salaries for OSU Coaches
Coach Position Base
URBAN MEYER HC $6,003,000
BILL DAVIS LB $500,000
RYAN DAY QB $400,000
ZACH SMITH WR $300,000

The information is the result of an open record request filed by Eleven Warriors on Jan. 3, the day the Buckeyes announced Day's hire, and filled Wednesday. Tim Beck, Day's predecessor, earned $604,500 in 2016, according to the USA Today's coaches database.

Beck left Ohio State for Texas shortly after its 31-0 loss to Clemson in the Fiesta Bowl. He is now the quarterbacks coach and co-offensive coordinator for Tom Herman's Longhorns.

Day worked for Urban Meyer as a graduate assistant at the University of Florida in 2005. He then worked as the wide receivers coach first at Temple then Boston College before returning to Philadelphia as the Owls' offensive coordinator. After two years as Boston College's offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach, Day made the jump to the NFL.

He worked as Chip Kelly's quarterbacks coach first with the Philadelphia Eagles in 2015, then in San Francisco with the 49ers last season. He is now tasked with helping to fix Ohio State's passing game, which regressed the last two seasons. J.T. Barrett threw for only 127 yards and a pair of interceptions against Clemson in the College Football Playoff.

Day is teaming up with new coordinator and tight ends coach Kevin Wilson and Meyer as the program's new offensive brain trust ahead of the 2017 season. Meyer added another new face to his staff in December, tapping Billy Davis to replace Luke Fickell as linebackers coach.

Below are the bonuses and other perks Day's contract rewards him should the Buckeye reach certain goals:

  • An 8.5 percent base salary supplemental compensation for winning the Big Ten East Division.
  • A 4.25 percent base salary supplemental compensation for winning the Big Ten Championship.
  • Participation in a College Football Playoff postseason game: 17 percent base salary additional compensation.
  • Participation in non-College Football Playoff postseason game and 9-win season: 4.25 percent of base salary bonus.
  • Participation in semifinals (but not finals) of College Football Playoff: 21.25 percent base salary additional compensation.
  • If Ohio State wins the CFP semifinal, Day is not entitled to his 21.25 percent additional base salary compensation. Instead, he receives an additional 25.5 percent base salary compensation.
  • A car loan of $600 per month.
  • Six football season tickets and two men's basketball season tickets.


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