Ryan Day Turns Down Potential SEC Head Coaching Job to Stay at Ohio State

By Dan Hope on December 20, 2017 at 12:47 pm
Ryan Day

Greg Schiano wasn't the only Ohio State assistant who could have become a head coach in the SEC over the past few weeks.

While Tennessee ultimately backed out of its deal to make Schiano its head coach, Ohio State coach Urban Meyer said Wednesday that co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Ryan Day was also considered for a head coaching job in the SEC. Day, however, chose to remain in Columbus instead.

"Coach Day had the opportunity to potentially be a head coach in the SEC and decided to stay at Ohio State," Meyer said during his Wednesday press conference.

While Meyer did not identify which school was interested in Day, the 38-year-old was rumored to be a candidate at Mississippi State, who ultimately hired Penn State offensive coordinator Joe Moorhead.

Day is only in his first season on Ohio State's staff and has never been a head coach at any level, but he is considered to be a rising star in the coaching industry.

With Schiano and Day staying at Ohio State at least for the time being, and defensive line coach Larry Johnson shooting down retirement rumors, Ohio State's entire coaching staff currently appears set to remain intact – with the addition of a 10th assistant coach coming Jan. 9 – for the 2018 season. 

"There have been other coaches on our staff have opportunities to move on and they haven't, so this coaching staff is very strong right now," said Meyer, who also said Johnson is committed to staying at Ohio State "for many years."

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