In January, Ohio state coach Urban Meyer gave Ryan Day a big pay raise and a new title. Movements that made him so happy that he would have refused the position of Mississippi Head Coach and the Tennessee Titans Offensive Coordinator.
Less than a year later, Day's patience will be rewarded: the 39-year-old will take control of one of the country's elite college football programs when Meyer retires after the Rose Bowl, decision announced on Tuesday.
College football fans had a glimpse of Day earlier this season when he coached the Buckeyes during Meyer's suspension in three school games. Ohio State beat Oregon State and Rutgers (two of the worst teams in the country this season) 3-0, before defeating TCU 40-28 in a neutral game played in Texas.
Although clearly influenced by Meyer during his two-year tenure in Columbus, Day is perhaps best known for his association with another reputable university coach, Chip Kelly, who has been very successful in using a Oregon, is retired from the NFL and then returned to college football at UCLA. Day and Kelly attended the same high school in Manchester (NS) (years away, of course) and when Day was quarterback in New Hampshire, Kelly was the offensive coordinator. After graduating, Day was coached by Kelly in New Hampshire in 2002. Three years later, he met Meyer for the first time, spending a season working for him as a postgraduate assistant in Florida. .
But it was Kelly who perhaps influenced Day the most (he also coached Kelly's quarterbacks at his NFL stops in Philadelphia and San Francisco). "Some of the things that Chip did in the past, and that we did in the past, in terms of tempo and very fast play, were an important part of the conversation," said Day in the fall, and Meyer awarded him a Kelly attack when he arrived in Columbus before the 2017 season.
"Ryan Day brought us all this package," Meyer said. "It was dynamic."
The Buckeyes averaged 262.8 passing yards last year, a record since Meyer became head coach in 2012, and this season they have become even more prolific through the air. second national behind the state of Washington. Haskins made 47 touchdown passes – breaking Drew Brees' Big Ten record – and only eight interceptions. Six of his goals were scored against his hated rival Michigan in the regular season final, and Haskins added five more in the Buckeyes' win over Northwestern in the Saturday's Big Ten title match, after finishing with a gain of less than 500 yards.
"Honestly, I'd throw it into the category of quarterback gurus," ESPN's Tom VanHaaren told an unknown person who worked for Day at Ohio State. "[Chip] Kelly, coach Meyer, everyone looks at him since he's a young graduate assistant. He is known for bringing his guys on the right track, he is always very talented with his reading, he understands the game so well and he is very passionate about it. "
Day caught the attention of new NFL coaches wanting to build their team after last season. Titan coach Mike Vrabel was the first choice as offensive coordinator. Ohio State gave him an increase of $ 600,000, increasing his annual salary to $ 1 million in a three-year contract that includes a combined retention bonus of $ 850,000.
Day and his wife, Christina, have three children.
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