One of the most iconic moments of Jim Tressel's tenure as Ohio State's head coach came before he ever coached a game for the Buckeyes.
On Jan. 18, 2001, the same day that he was named the Buckeyes' new head coach, Tressel addressed the crowd at the Ohio State men's basketball game against Michigan that night and made a famous proclamation that Ohio State fans would "be proud of our young people in the classroom, in the community and most especially, in 310 days in Ann Arbor, Michigan, on the football field."
18 years ago, Jim Tressel made a promise. 310 days later, we were indeed proud. pic.twitter.com/LxAkMboaZW— Eleven Warriors (@11W) January 18, 2019
When Ohio State men's basketball hosts Illinois at the Schottenstein Center on Thursday night, new Ohio State head coach Ryan Day will have his own opportunity to address the crowd and introduce the Buckeyes' new football coaching staff.
Day and the Buckeyes' full new coaching staff are set to be in attendance for tonight's basketball game, which begins at 7 p.m. and will be televised on ESPN2, and will be introduced to the crowd at halftime at Value City Arena.
Ohio State's new coaching staff is as follows:
- Ryan Day, head coach
- Larry Johnson, associate head coach and defensive line coach
- Greg Mattison, co-defensive coordinator
- Jeff Hafley, co-defensive coordinator and secondary coach
- Al Washington, linebackers coach
- Matt Barnes, special teams coordinator and assistant secondary coach
- Kevin Wilson, offensive coordinator and tight ends coach
- Mike Yurcich, passing game coordinator and quarterbacks coach
- Tony Alford, assistant head coach for offense and running backs coach
- Brian Hartline, wide receivers coach
- Greg Studrawa, offensive line coach
Check back with Eleven Warriors tonight for video and photos from Thursday night's introductions.