New contract makes Tressel Big Ten's top-paid coach

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Ohio State's Jim Tressel agreed to contract revisions that make him the highest-paid football coach in the Big Ten.

Under the new deal, Tressel will be paid $3.5 million in 2009, an increase of more than $1 million. He will receive annual increases of 3 percent to 4 percent during the remainder of the term. The coach is under contract through January 2013.

The announcement was made Friday by Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith.

"Because of our overwhelming regard for coach Tressel's contributions to Ohio State and our football program, we made a commitment toward keeping him No. 1 in the Big Ten and among the top ranks of coaches nationally, and this revision achieves that goal," Smith said in a statement.

"Based upon known compensation figures, this agreement will place him in the top 10 nationally among collegiate coaches."

Tressel has coached the Buckeyes to the past two BCS Championship Games -- they lost both times -- and back-to-back Big Ten titles.

"There is no place in the world we would rather be, and we will work very hard to serve Ohio State," Tressel said in the joint statement.

Ohio State is ranked second in The Associated Press top 25 to start the season, behind Georgia and ahead of USC. The Buckeyes' much-anticipated game at third-ranked USC is Sept. 13.

Tressel is 73-16 in seven seasons in Columbus. The Buckeyes won the 2002 national championship and have four Big Ten crowns under Tressel.