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Head Coach Ryan Day (Official Thread)

Discussion in 'Buckeye Football' started by NJ-Buckeye, Jan 3, 2017.

  1. gmen6981

    gmen6981 Div 1 Couch Tackling Champion.

    Tombstone referece. Always good.
  2. Buckeyeskickbuttocks

    Buckeyeskickbuttocks Z --> Z^2 + c Staff Member

    The whole scene where Wyatt gets the Earps a stake in the game at the Oriental would also work well.

    But, photosopping Hairballs face on the whipee, Day's face on Wyatt, and Urban's face on Morgan would be fun.
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  3. Jaxbuck

    Jaxbuck I hate tsun ‘18 Fantasy Baseball Champ

    Day is off to a good start but he hasn't gone and taken his stake of the game at the Oriental until he goes and takes The Game.
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  4. Buckeyeskickbuttocks

    Buckeyeskickbuttocks Z --> Z^2 + c Staff Member

    Fair enough.
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  5. lvbuckeye

    lvbuckeye Silver Surfer

    I KNOW I do
  6. brodybuck21

    brodybuck21 THE OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY Staff Member Fantasy Baseball Champ

    Tombstone gifs are the best
  7. ScriptOhio

    ScriptOhio Everybody is somebody else's weirdo.

  8. brodybuck21

    brodybuck21 THE OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY Staff Member Fantasy Baseball Champ

    With Ryan Day, legendary Ohio State standards won't change in 2019
    • Bill Bender @BillBender92

      COLUMBUS, Ohio — J.K. Dobbins didn’t hesitate to take the first of many cracks at a question that will be asked repeatedly throughout the spring and summer at Ohio State.

      Dobbins planted both feet on the turf at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center on Dec. 12 — three weeks before Ohio State beat Washington 28-23 in Urban Meyer's final game at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif. — and let you know exactly how he feels about Ryan Day, Meyer’s replacement.

      "I don't think much will change at all," Dobbins said. "He's a winner. I'm excited for him. We have a great relationship, and I can't wait to see what he does. He's going to be a legendary coach."

      “Legendary” almost seems a prerequisite requirement for Ohio State coaches these days. Meyer leaves after compiling an 82-9 record over the last seven seasons — a .901 win percentage that included the 2014 national championship and a perfect 7-0 record against rival Michigan.

      Every Ohio State coach since Woody Hayes — who won 205 games from 1951 to 1978, has felt the heavy weight of those expectations.

      "I fully understand the challenges that wait for me," Day said in his introductory news conference on Dec. 4. "Being on the same list as Paul Brown, Woody Hayes, Earle Bruce, John Cooper, Jim Tressel and Urban Meyer, it's extremely humbling, but I'm prepared and ready for the task."

      Credit Day for tackling those expectations head on. Ohio State has a transfer quarterback from Georgia in Justin Fields, who could be the ideal candidate to replace record-setting Heisman finalist Dwayne Haskins in 2019. The coaching staff made some unexpected moves, too, including hiring a couple Michigan defensive assistants. Meyer will still be in the fold as an associate athletic director at the university, but Day is taking the same aggressive, downfield approach on the field.

      But legendary? That requires perspective that has been around the program a little bit longer.

      "Urban, when did you finally come to that final decision? Were you in and out, in and out the last couple weeks or just — "

      Longtime Columbus Dispatch reporter Tim May barreled through that question at Meyer's retirement news conference before Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith cut him off.

      "What was it like for you when you tried to retire?" Smith asked.

      May responded with the quick wit those around Ohio State know all too well.

      "I was like, ‘Hallelujah, I'm playing golf,’" May said.

      May is a local institution. He took over the Ohio State beat in 1984 and finished out his final season this year. May told Sporting News this year was "right up there with in contention with the most bizarre" since he first started covering the Buckeyes.

      He would know. After all, May was the reporter who teed up the question to President E. Gordon Gee near the end of the Jim Tressel era, to which the former Ohio State president infamously responded, "I hope he (Tressel) doesn't dismiss me." May also was the reporter who happened to be in the newsroom when Hayes was fired on Dec. 30, 1978.

      It's almost fitting that May's career ended with this coaching change. He remembers the month-long search before Ohio State hired Bruce to replace Hayes. May believes the move from Meyer to Day mirrors what Oklahoma did with Bob Stoops and Lincoln Riley before the 2017 season.

      "To me, there's no better way to do it than to say this guy is done and this is the new man," May said. "Especially if you're a sports writer."

      May laughs at his own joke — and it's impossible not to join — before he launches into a more detailed description of what Day brings to the sideline.

      "You can see the impact he's had on the offense in the two years he's been offensive coordinator," May said. "There is no better way to judge a man than actually watch him do the job, and Gene Smith and everyone got to watch him be the head coach for a month and a half under the most trying circumstances imaginable."

      May knows those circumstances well: That timeline of events in which Buckeyes receivers coach Zach Smith was first accused of having abused his wife, his eventual firing, the slow unveiling of how much Meyer knew of the situation and the ensuing media circus that followed. That culminated on the loading dock at the Longaberger Alumni House on Aug. 23. May was among the reporters milling by the back door waiting for Meyer, who wouldn’t emerge until a news conference announced his three-game suspension later that night.

      Day, meanwhile, was running a practice at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center across the street. It was Day who broke the August media silence by the football team with a news conference on Aug. 27, before the season opener against Oregon State.

      In preparation for his first game as acting head coach, Day spoke of his relationship with mentor Chip Kelly. Day played quarterback at New Hampshire when Kelly was a first-time offensive coordinator and recalled their first game together against Rhode Island in 1999.

      "It was Chip's first time being an offensive coordinator and he called a double reverse pass," Day said. "So that's what I remember. And then we went on to win."

      Kelly, meanwhile, talked to Day the week before the opener against Oregon State.

      "We usually talk about once or twice a week about football or family, but he's fine," Kelly said on the Pac-12 teleconference that week. "He doesn't need any advice from me. He'll do fine."

      Kelly's endorsement foreshadowed a 77-31 victory in which the Buckeyes looked like Kelly's hyper-fast Oregon teams that used to compete for national championships. Day would win the next two games against Rutgers and TCU before Meyer's return, and that three-game performance earned national attention.

      "Like he did with these first three games without Urban Meyer, Day started to build up equity as a head coach," ESPN College GameDay analyst Kirk Herbstreit told SN. "The branding at Ohio State will change with his personality. ... That's the next step for Ryan Day."

      It didn't hurt to have Dwayne Haskins pass for 890 yards, 11 touchdowns and just one interception in those three games. The Buckeyes, however, were susceptible to the big play on defense in those same games. As May put it, the entire way the Buckeyes played changed in less than a month.

      "It was almost like a Big 12 team landed here," May said. "They are No. 2 in total offense, and they set records the other way defensively. That's really bizarre if you think about it. That's another twist and turn to what happened here this year."

      Day's work with Haskins is the biggest selling point for the program's future. Haskins passed for 4,831 yards and 50 touchdowns this season, and that included a three-game stretch to end the season with 1,146 yards, 14 touchdowns and just one interception against Michigan, Northwestern in the Big Ten championship game and Washington in the Rose Bowl.

      That's the transformation in the offense that May still can't fathom.

      "This school used to be 3-yards-cloud-of-dust and Woody never really loosened the strings until maybe his final year with Art Schlichter as a freshman starter," May said. "I mean, wow, this is the best passing quarterback I've ever covered at Ohio State. The most talented. Troy Smith would be a close second. Ten years from now, you'll say, 'Dwayne Haskins. Holy smokes. What a passer.'"

      With that as the launch point, Day is in decent position to make Ohio State a destination for quarterbacks who can go on to the next level. Haskins should be the first Buckeyes quarterback taken in the first round since the Baltimore Colts took Schlichter with the No. 4 pick in the 1982 NFL Draft. The combination of Day's NFL experience and forward-thinking passing schemes in the college game could make Ohio State a next-generation "QBU."

      "I think there's a real good chance of that, especially if just the allure of playing for Day is enough to convince Justin Fields to transfer to Ohio State," Letterman Row recruiting analyst Jeremy Birmingham told SN. "His reputation as an offensive guru is real and enticing to quarterbacks and receivers all over the country."

      That’s happening now. Fields did transfer to Ohio State, while Tate Martell, a five-star recruit in the 2017 class, decided to enter the transfer database. Where that leaves Matthew Baldwin and other candidates will be interesting to see in future seasons. Day, for his part, believes in developing the quarterbacks on campus.

      "One of the best things that happened to Dwayne Haskins, in my opinion, and he'll tell you the same thing because we've agreed on it, is when he had the opportunity to play, and we were two years in," Day said. "He wasn't happy about it and he wanted to play last year, but he'll tell you he wasn't ready last year. He was ready this year."

      Haskins said that relationship with Day, which was built on the honor system and had a professional feel to it, played a big role in his success this season. Day would ask Haskins whether he watched film, then would know if that didn’t happen.

      "He's not going to hold your hand, is the better way to explain it," Haskins said. "In college, some coaches do a lot of texting and things like that, checking up on you. Coach Day doesn't really do that. He expects you to do what you have to do. It shouldn't be whether I feel like doing it or not. He does a great job with that."
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  9. Jaxbuck

    Jaxbuck I hate tsun ‘18 Fantasy Baseball Champ

    excerpt from Lettermen Row article regarding Day.

    Remember things like this when the DFBIA is trying to convince themselves of the impending drop off with Day.
    Steve19, brodybuck21, Thump and 2 others like this.
  10. Onebuckfan

    Onebuckfan classof76

    Wow The DFBIA was rightthere is a QB whisperer in the Big 10 he resides in Columbus. Lol scUM.
  11. ORD_Buckeye

    ORD_Buckeye Wrong glass, Sir.

    When Day takes that team into AA and spanks Harbaugh's ass, it will crush these fucks' souls like a rejection letter from Bucknell.
  12. Bill Lucas

    Bill Lucas Senior

    Hits home because I know a Bucknell grad. He also played in the NBA. That should narrow the list.
  13. Jagdaddy

    Jagdaddy Senior

    Funny that you say that as Bucknell NBAer Mike Muscala swatted the hell out of a James Harden lay up attempt earlier tonight.
  14. Buckeyeskickbuttocks

    Buckeyeskickbuttocks Z --> Z^2 + c Staff Member

    Ummm.... Did you completely forget about John O'Korn?

    “Honestly, I think I’m the most NFL-ready quarterback in this draft just as far as terminology, and knowing what to do on a day-to-day basis, game-planning,” O’Korn said Friday. “I was part of the game-plan meetings with coach Harbaugh, coach (Pep) Hamilton, the whole staff, coach (Tim) Drevno, all last fall, so just on a day-to-day basis what it takes to be an NFL quarterback, I think I would choose myself over any other guy in this draft in that regard.”

    Now... never mind that he went undrafted. Developed There.
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  15. LovelandBuckeye

    LovelandBuckeye If you choose positivity you must first bitch up.

    Does NFL mean something else to him?
    lvbuckeye, CFPBuckeye and Jaxbuck like this.

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