OSU assistants Schiano, Day both to make at least $1M after raises

Ryan Day and Greg Schiano (File photos: WSYX/WTTE)

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WSYX/WTTE) -- Ohio State football has become the latest major college football program to have assistants making more than $1 million in salary.

Defensive coordinator Greg Schiano and offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach Ryan Day each more than doubled their salary from last season.

  • Greg Schiano – $700,000 in 2017 to $1,500,000 in 2018: $800,000 increase
  • Ryan Day – $400,000 in 2017 to $1,000,000 in 2018: $600,000 increase


The university said both coaches were pursued by other Division I universities and NFL teams. Schiano had agreed to terms to become the University of Tennessee's new head football coach, only for the school to back out after public backlash for multiple reasons, including links to the Jerry Sandusky sex abuse scandal at Penn State. Schiano, a Penn State assistant at the time, was accused of witnessing some of the abuse by a fellow assistant, according to court documents. Schiano has denied those allegations.

In total, the entire staff of 10 assistants amassed $3.4 million in raises, including the hiring of Washington State offensive coordinator Alex Grinch, who joined the staff after the NCAA allowed a tenth assistant coach for each staff.

  • Kevin Wilson – $650,000 in 2017 to $800,000 in 2018: $150,000 increase
  • Alex Grinch – $800,000 in 2018
  • Larry Johnson – $575,225 in 2017 to $750,000 in 2018; $174,775 increase
  • Tony Alford – $450,000 in 2017 to $525,000 in 2018; $75,000 increase
  • Bill Davis – $500,000 in 2017; $500,000 in 2018
  • Greg Studrawa – $410,000 in 2017 to $500,000 in 2018; $90,000 increase
  • Taver Johnson – $345,000 in 2018
  • Zach Smith – $300,000 in 2017 to $340,000 in 2018; $40,000 increase


The staff raises come after a pending extension for head coach Urban Meyer was announced on National Signing Day last week.

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