Ryan Day is the new leading man in Columbus, at least while the Ohio State football program investigates allegations against head coach Urban Meyer which claim he knew about domestic violence allegations against former wide receivers coach Zach Smith years ago. Meyer has denied any previous knowledge, but a bombshell report from former ESPN college football reporter Brett McMurphy appears to indicate otherwise.
Because of the damning allegations, Ohio State has begun an internal investigation and placed Meyer on paid administrative leave.
While Meyer is being investigated about his prior knowledge of the abuse, offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Ryan Day will be serving as the acting head coach. If you aren’t a loyal Ohio State fan, you may not know who Day is.
Day has years of experience as an assistant coach at the college level, and has even coached quarterbacks in the NFL with the Philadelphia Eagles and San Francisco 49ers, serving as an assistant under Chip Kelly and spending time coaching Colin Kaepernick. Back in January, the Buckeyes promoted Day from assistant offensive coordinator to full-time offensive coordinator along with his duties as quarterbacks coach.
During the offseason, Day was offered the opportunity to be a head coach in the SEC after the Mississippi State Bulldogs offered him the job to replace Dan Mullen, but Day remained loyal to Urban Meyer and the Buckeyes and the move has now paid off as he has the chance to show what he can do as the head coach for the time being.
The Buckeyes open their 2018 campaign on Saturday, Sept. 1 against Oregon State. We will have to wait and see whether it is Day or Urban Meyer on the sideline leading the way.
About Ryan Day
March 12, 1979 (39 years old)
High School: Manchester Central (New Hampshire)
College: New Hampshire
Interim head coach/offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach
- New Hampshire (2002) — Tight ends coach
- Boston College (2003-2004) — graduate assistant
- Florida (2005) — graduate assistant
- Temple (2006) — wide receivers coach
- Boston College (2007-2011) — wide receivers coach
- Temple (2012) — offensive coordinator and wide receivers coach
- Boston College (2013-2014) — offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach
- Philadelphia Eagles (2015) — quarterbacks coach
- San Francisco 49ers (2016) — quarterbacks coach
- Ohio State (2017-current) — interim head coach, offensive coordinator, and quarterbacks coach