Ohio State football will have a new leader starting January 2, 2019 in Ryan Day who has the duty to take the torch from Urban Meyer and continue the legacy and tradition that Meyer and many others before him have laid down over the last 128 years.
Day will become the 25th head coach in the history of the fooball program but he is the first one since Paul Bixler in 1946 to have his first head coaching position be with the Buckeyes.
He has some major shoes to fill but it’s been reported that the university has been grooming Day for this situation all season long.
Ryan Day is 39 years old but has sixteen years of coaching experience already between college and the NFL.
After playing four seasons at the University of New Hamsphire where he set school records as a quarterback. Day was a tight ends coach at the university for the 2002 season.
In 2003 and 2004, he was a graduate assistant at Boston College. He crossed paths with Meyer when he was a graduate assistant for the 2005 season.
He was the wide receivers coach at Temple under former Miami Hurricanes coach Al Golden for the 2006 season before taking the same position at Boston College under Jeff Jagodzinski for the 2007 season and then under Frank Spaziani from 2008 through 2011.
In 2012, he got his first opportunity to be an offensive coordinator when former Meyer assistant Steve Addazio was the head coach at Temple.
When Addazio took the Boston College head coaching position, Day went with him where he was offensive coordinator as well as quarterbacks coach where he spent the next two seasons.
In 2015, he reunited with his mentor Chip Kelly when Kelly hired him as the quarterbacks coach of the Philadelphia Eagles. Kelly was Day’s offensive coordinator at New Hampshire when Day was the quarterback.
When Kelly got fired in Philadelphia and was hired as the 49ers head coach, Day followed Kelly to be the quarterbacks coach there. Kelly only lasted one season in San Francisco and was fired following the 2016 season.
Day was hired at Ohio State in January of 2017 as the co-offensive coordinator and the quarterbacks coach, replacing Tim Beck who left to join Tom Herman in Texas.
He almost left Ohio State following the 2017 season when Mike Vrabel attempted to hire him as his offensive coordinator when Vrabel took the head coaching position with the Tennessee Titans. Ohio State made him full-time offensive coordinator.
When Urban Meyer was suspended the first three games of the 2018 for his mishandling of the Zach Smith situation, Day was named interim head coach.
In those three games, Ohio State went 3-0 and averaged 56.3 points and 609.3 offensive yards per game. For the entire season, the Buckeyes under Day’s play calling averaged 43.5 points and 548.9 yards per game which both ranked top ten in the nation.
Day learned from two of the best when it comes to college-style offense in Meyer and Kelly and reporters have said that Day impressed athletic director Gene Smith during those three games because he leaned on his staff and didn’t try to do it all on his own.
The young coach also knows what Ohio State is all about in his two seasons
“It didn’t take long for me to figure out what the expectations were of Ohio State football,” Day said. “No. 1, win the rivalry game. No. 2, win every game after that.”
He knows what it takes, now we just have to wait and see if he continue the winning tradition that is Ohio State football.