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Report: Ohio State Football Is Discussing Bombshell Coaching Decision

A closeup of an Ohio State football helmet on the field.

NEW ORLEANS, LA - JANUARY 01: An Ohio State Buckeye helmet is seen on the sidelines prior to the start of the game during the All State Sugar Bowl at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 1, 2015 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Ohio State interim head coach Ryan Day handed the head coaching torch back to Urban Meyer this week, as the three-time national title-winning coach returned from his three-game suspension for his handling of now-fired assistant Zach Smith.

A new report suggests Urban Meyer could be handing that head coaching torch back to Ryan Day at some point in the future.

Ari Wasserman of The Athletic is reporting that Ohio State is discussing a plan to make Ryan Day the Buckeyes' "head coach in waiting," whenever Urban Meyer decides to step aside.

From The Athletic:

A person close to the program told The Athletic that senior university officials have begun discussions with Day about a “coach-in-waiting” arrangement, meaning he would be Meyer’s eventual successor as Buckeyes coach. The person spoke on the condition of the anonymity because the discussions are not completed. Day doesn’t have any head-coaching experience but did have a three-game trial run as Ohio State’s interim coach.

Day received a three-year deal and a raise before this season, which isn’t typical for Buckeyes assistants. That was Ohio State’s attempt to keep him away from Mississippi State, which offered him its head-coaching position. The Buckeyes also made him the first $1 million coordinator in program history

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"Head coach in waiting" situations are rare in college football, but we've seen them at a high level before. Jimbo Fisher was named the coach in waiting during the final years of the Bobby Bowden era. He went on to become the head coach and led the Seminoles to a national championship.

Will Muschamp, meanwhile, was named the coach in waiting at Texas during the final years of the Mack Brown era. He left for a head coaching position at Florida before taking over.

Ohio State, meanwhile, is in the middle of its season. The Buckeyes are set to travel to Penn State next Saturday.