Here's what the Buckeyes' head coach asks of all of his assistant coaches.
Ohio State's football program got great news on Monday night. Touted assistant coach Ryan Day has elected to stay with the Buckeyes, saying no to an offer from the Tennessee Titans.
Day's decision to stay in Columbus for another season comes with a promotion. He's been promoted to offensive coordinator, a role also shared by Kevin Wilson.
"Ryan is clearly a very talented coach who has been an outstanding addition to our program," Meyer said in a statement. "He has been approached by other schools numerous times this off-season for coordinator and head coach opportunities, and by the National Football League for a coordinator opportunity. I am pleased that he has elected to continue to work on this staff and to lead, mentor and coach the terrific young men we have in this program."
Day, 38, is pumped to be staying. He'll be entering his second season with Ohio State.
"Ohio State is an outstanding place to be a coach, and Columbus is a great city for a young family," Day said. "I really enjoyed my first season with this program and I'm looking forward to the 2018 season and the opportunity to coach a very talented and hungry group of players."
Everyone at Ohio State is thrilled with Day's decision. None more so than Tate Martell.
“It means the world,” Martell told the Ozone of Day’s decision to come back at the Cotton Bowl. “If he would have left, it sucks having to go through that after just one year. It was tough for me just knowing Coach Day for like a week before I came in, so that was a weird situation for me. But now that’s my guy, I love him, and I can’t wait to get it going with him.”
Day's decision to stay at Ohio State means he'll be fulfilling the request Meyer has of all of his assistant coaches. Meyer, one of the best in the country at getting his assistants head coaching jobs, asks everyone he hires to give him a two-year commitment.
So far, all of Meyer's top assistant coaches have fulfilled the request. Several of Meyer's assistants have gone on to bigger jobs, but all of them stayed with him for at least two seasons first.