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Who will be the next coach to head for other opportunities? Play's such a big role in recruiting
— Coach Mow (@todd_mowery) June 28, 2018
The market for Ohio State offensive coordinator Ryan Day has already been proven by other programs. Thanks to his boss spilling the secret, we know one of those job offers came from an SEC program this offseason. And the fact that Urban Meyer would reveal that detail while also working so hard to get him an extension and make him one of the first million-dollar assistants in school history shows just how highly thought of Day already is in the profession.
That standing around the nation is only going to soar if Day is able to help lead the Buckeyes to even greater heights offensively this season with a new quarterback in the lineup. Really, this season could be as important for charting the future of Day’s career as it might wind up being for Dwayne Haskins.
Now, it’s probably a safe bet that Haskins isn’t going to be a one-and-done starter for the Buckeyes. And the opportunity to keep working with him while earning a nice paycheck might be enough to entice Day to stick around all by itself, not to mention the strong relationships he’s already built with Tate Martell and Matthew Baldwin in the quarterback meeting room. It’s also important to factor in the quality of the jobs that could be open, because Day at this point can certainly afford to be picky with the next step he takes on his professional journey.
Honestly, that’s true for more than just Day. With the way Ohio State has stepped up financially to take care of the coaching staff, there is no reason for anybody to leave the program to make a lateral move. The loss of Kerry Coombs was surprising for a lot of reasons, but it was at least understandable from the perspective that he was ready to test himself at the NFL level with the Tennessee Titans. But otherwise, as Tom Herman, Chris Ash and Luke Fickell have all shown to varying degrees, finding the right fit is critical — and there’s no need to rush when Meyer and Gene Smith are supporting career development and keeping up in the salary arms race.
When it comes to the recruiting issue, it’s true it can be a factor. But I think it’s probably a bit overblown in the long run. Meyer is never going to either hire or retain somebody who can’t get the job done with Ohio State’s top targets, the program has far more to sell than just the coaching staff right now — and the presence of the three-time national champion in the big chair is the true key to it all.
And who knows? Maybe Day has eyes on sitting there at some point down the road for the Buckeyes. And if that’s the case, there may not even be another job that entices him to cash in that stock now. But that obviously won’t stop anybody from asking, so bank on that happening again this winter.
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