It is very early in his tenure as Ohio State head coach, but Ryan Day has thrived so far. The Buckeyes look the part of a College Football Playoff team, even taking a step forward from last year’s Urban Meyer-led squad.
Day has sophomore Justin Fields, a transfer from Georgia, living up to his five-star billing. It shouldn’t come as a major surprise, given how Dwayne Haskins looked under Day, the then-Buckeyes offensive coordinator.
Haskins finished third in Heisman voting, behind winner Kyler Murray and Tua Tagovailoa. He threw for 4,831 yards, 50 touchdowns, and just eight interceptions in his only year as starter.
Day’s offense continues to score points in bunches. Meanwhile, Haskins, who went on to be a first round pick by Washington, finds himself in a rough first year situation. While Murray has had the Arizona Cardinals entire franchise effectively shift into his direction, there were reportedly real divides in Washington over drafting Haskins at all.
Head coach Jay Gruden has now been fired, and it would make sense for the team to find a coach that can get the most out of its quarterback of the future. Naturally, Ryan Day has been floated as a potential name.
It is unclear if Day has NFL aspirations, but either way, the obvious move for him was to shoot down the idea when asked. He did just that in a recent press conference.
Ryan Day has been mentioned as a candidate for the Redskins job, and he'll likely be targeted by other NFL teams.
The @OhioStateFB coach addressed the rumors today.
"I love it here, and this is where I want to be." pic.twitter.com/FOdb9y8ldZ
— Big Ten Network (@BigTenNetwork) October 8, 2019
NFL opportunities are very rare, especially for coaches that have risen as fast as Day. There is a major push for forward-thinking offensive minds though. If Kliff Kingsbury can parlay an unsuccessful tenure at Texas Tech into the Cardinals job, Day can certainly land one.
Some coaches prefer the college game though, and Day is just getting started in Columbus. The opportunity to rejoin Haskins might be enticing, but he’ll have at least one more year with Fields after this, and if Day wants to stay in college, he can become a legend at Ohio State.
We’ll see what happens as we get into the winter and the coaching carousel starts to spin, but Day leaving OSU after one year would be a surprise.