Gene Smith Expects Urban Meyer To Stay “For Quite Some Time” Following Report That Ohio State Could Make Ryan Day Coach-In-Waiting

By Dan Hope on September 22, 2018 at 10:14 pm
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Ohio State officials have begun discussions with offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Ryan Day about a potential "coach-in-waiting" arrangement to ultimately succeed Urban Meyer as the Buckeyes' head coach, according to a report by The Athletic's Ari Wasserman.

From Wasserman's report:

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.

Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith said in a statement Sunday morning, however, that he expects Meyer to continue coaching the Buckeyes "for quite some time."

Day, who signed a three-year deal worth $1 million when he was promoted to offensive coordinator earlier this year, was Ohio State's acting head coach for the first three games of this season while Meyer was suspended. He was paid $487,000 for his time as acting head coach.

Meyer has given no indication that he plans to leave Ohio State any time soon, but has repeatedly praised Day's work as acting head coach since his return to the team on Monday.

"Ryan was exactly the guy we needed to lead it and get us through this, and he did a hell of a job," Meyer said of Day after Saturday's game against Tulane.

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