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Scarlet Sunrise: Ryan Day even winning over skeptics like Paul Finebaum

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Ryan Day is winning over pundits all over the country. (Birm/Lettermen Row)

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Scarlet Sunrise: Ryan Day even winning over skeptics like Paul Finebaum

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Ryan Day even winning over skeptics like Paul Finebaum

Ryan Day had his share of skeptics entering his first season as Ohio State head coach last year. But after a 13-1 season, an appearance in the College Football Playoff and a few plays short of a national title appearance, Day is beginning to win some of those same skeptics over quickly. Even ESPN’s Paul Finebaum is taking notice.

“I think he’s already one of the top coaches in the country,” Finebaum said to 850 ESPN Cleveland. “He’s just a cool guy that really understands today’s modern player.”

Finebaum has had plenty to say about the Buckeyes in the past, but he seems to be a fan of Day, who is rising preseason coach rankings despite only coaching one season for Ohio State. Finebaum wasn’t only praising Day, though. He’s high on the Buckeyes this season.

“Assuming we have a college football season, I expect the Buckeyes to be playing for the national championship,” Finebaum said. “I’m pretty high on Ryan Day and what he has going on up there.”

Ryan Day must be doing everything right, because even Paul Finebaum is dishing out praise to the young head coach.

New Tim May Podcast

The Tim May Podcast is back with another Ohio State guest.

On this week’s show, Tim is joined by IndyCar driver and Ohio State superfan Graham Rahal to talk about his love for the Buckeyes and all sports in Columbus, his journey through auto racing and his favorite Ohio State memories. The two talk about the upcoming football season and why having a football season is so important.

Then, Lettermen Row senior writer Austin Ward joins the show to discuss the coronavirus outbreak inside college football programs around the country and what they mean for the upcoming season. They also talk about the Buckeyes offensive line and overall depth of the program heading into Year Two of the Ryan Day era.

Buckeyes have good start on 2022 offensive line recruiting

The Buckeyes may end up signing only two offensive linemen in 2021 after signing six in the Class of 2020. So they’ll certainly need to do whatever they can to get a head start on recruiting the 2022 class. The most important part of that endeavor may already be accomplished for Ryan Day and Greg Studrawa: top in-state target Tegra Tshabola committed to Ohio State this spring to kickstart the recruiting class.

Ohio State has a full list of offensive linemen who it is already pursuing in the class of 2022, but the Buckeyes aren’t finished adding to it, and they aren’t even through the evaluation process. There is still plenty of time for more names to pop up as options for Greg Studrawa and Ryan Day. For the up-to-date 2022 offensive line recruiting board from Birm, click here.

And for the latest happenings on the recruiting trail, make sure to tune in to the newest episode of Talking Stuff: The Ohio State Recruiting Podcast presented by Byers Auto.

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Spencer Holbrook

Spencer Holbrook covers Ohio State football and basketball for Lettermen Row. A graduate of Ohio University's Scripps School of Journalism, he's in his second year covering the Buckeyes. He was previously the sports editor at Ohio's student newspaper, The Post, where he covered Ohio University football and men's basketball.

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