When a coaching legend leaves a school, a subsequent drop-off in success is expected. But not for Ohio State head coach Ryan Day.
Urban Meyer’s successor had an unbelievable rookie year. The Buckeyes finished the regular season undefeated, earning a spot in the College Football Playoff as a result. Ohio State fell short to Clemson in the semi-final, dropping a 29-23 thriller.
Despite the disappointing season-ending defeat, there’s no reason to believe the Buckeyes can’t get back to the playoff next season. After all, there will once again be plenty of talent in Columbus.
But talent has to be developed for a team to have success. That’s where Day excels as a head coach. His coaching style – which revolves around toughness and love – is what makes the Buckeyes’ future so bright.
“We call our philosophy at Ohio State ‘tough love,’” Day said at a coaching clinic earlier this week, via The Dayton Daily News. “Tough, because you have to be really tough in this game. You have to be physically tough, mentally tough and emotionally tough. But it’s about love. Love is what drives. Love sustains.”
Day doesn’t just care about developing great football players. The Ohio State coach wants to develop authentic relationships with his players built on love and friendship.
“(As coaches) we have to create that love,” Day continued. “We talk about this all the time. You have to love your players. Motivating through fear is not the way we do it. I don’t think that’s really sustainable anymore. With this generation now it’s about love and if they know you love them, they’ll do anything for you. That’s the way our program is built.”
As Day’s culture continues to be implemented, Ohio State will continue to get better as a program.