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Scarlet Sunrise: Ryan Day adds key assistant to his Ohio State coaching staff

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Ohio State hired Mike Yurcich on Wednesday. (Courtesy of Oklahoma State Athletics)

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Scarlet Sunrise: Ryan Day adds key assistant to his Ohio State coaching staff

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Ohio State officially hires Mike Yurcich

Ryan Day’s first hire as Ohio State’s head coach is a big one. On Wednesday night, Day officially named Mike Yurcich of Oklahoma State as the Buckeyes’ new quarterbacks coach and passing game coordinator.

“I am really excited to announce that Mike is joining the Ohio State staff,” Day said. “Mike is not only an Ohioan coming home, but he is also an extremely talented coach who has enjoyed success throughout his career. His Oklahoma State offenses have been among the most proficient in college football and I look forward to welcoming and introducing Mike and his family to our staff, players and community.”

Yurcich agreed to a two-year contract worth $950,000 per year. News of the impending hire was previously reported by Lettermen Row senior writer Austin Ward. The Buckeyes beat out a dogged pursuit from Tennessee, which had reportedly been looking to name him offensive coordinator and was believed to have put forth a seven-figure offer.

6 things to know about Mike Yurcich

I put together a post with six different topics about Yurcich to help Buckeyes fans get to know their new quarterbacks coach. Here, for example, is the section about his Midwestern roots as a person, player and coach.

Mike Yurcich was born in Euclid, Ohio. He began his college playing career at Mount Union in Alliance, Ohio, before transferring to California University of Pennsylvania. There, he was a three-year starter at quarterback and also served as a team captain during his final two seasons.

He also got his coaching career started in the Midwest. He was an assistant at St. Francis in Indiana for three seasons before serving as a graduate assistant at Indiana under Gerry Dinardo in 2003-04. He was hired by Division II Edinboro of the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) in 2005 and worked there through the 2010 season, serving as the offensive coordinator from 2006 onward.

In 2011 he was hired by fellow PSAC program Shippensburg and served as offensive coordinator for two seasons before being hired by Mike Gundy at Oklahoma State in 2013. He has directed the Cowboys’ offense for each of the last six seasons but now will return to the Midwest and his home state to coach at Ohio State.

There’s also info about the crazy story behind his improbable rise from Division II coaching as well as the impressive feats his quarterbacks have accomplished at each level.

NFL Draft decision rumblings

Lettermen Row recruiting czar Birm has compiled a helpful list analyzing which Ohio State underclassmen appear likely to leave early, which are more likely to stay put in Columbus and which are essentially a toss-up. Be sure to check it out!

What we learned from the Rose Bowl

Lettermen Row senior writer Austin Ward put together a post with what he learned about the Buckeyes during their Rose Bowl win over Washington. It’s a great way to look back at the final game of the 2018 season as well as to look ahead to the 2019 season.

Counting down

  • Ohio State hoops vs. Michigan State: 2 days
  • National Signing Day: 34 days

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Any updates on the TTUN LB coach signing on?

Ryan Ginn

Ryan Ginn has covered Ohio State football and recruiting since 2013, having done so previously for Buckeye Sports Bulletin and Landof10.com. He is currently a student at Tulane Law School and resides in New Orleans, La.

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