One of the things we have not been able to see during our time as buckeye fans is a coach who was able to step down on his own terms. Of course, as we are well aware, there is probably a lot more to the reason why Urban stepped down, but the point still remains that he was able to do so in a way that protected his legendary status as one of college football’s greatest coaches of all-time.
Most importantly, he at least a top 2 coach in the illustrious history of ohio state football. Urban took over the football team at a time when we were reeling and helped us not fall over the cliff as a program. He went undefeated his first year (with a fairly weak roster), won a national title his third year, never won less than 11 games in a season and never lost to michigan. He created a culture and helped strengthen the brand of Ohio State football to the point where any new coach would be idiotic to change it.
Nothing is broken and there is not a major overhaul needed at Ohio State. Ryan Day inherits a program who no doubt will benefit from his great mind as a coach on the field but will take a little while for him to make the same impact off of it. There is the light cloud of Urban over the football program as a whole. Urban challenged the program and our conference as a whole to get better- and we did.
I only hope Ryan Day does not allow the pressure of Urban looking over his shoulder to get to him. He should embrace all of the communal support he can get because the culture is strong and all that is needed is for him to keep the train rolling.
I believe Ryan Day will make his mark eventually -becoming one of the greatest coaches in college football history. The only way to do that is to embrace the program that was refurbished by UFM while making tweaks as it is needed. Let’s go Ryan Day! Win us a couple titles!