The keys to the team are now officially with Ryan Day. It's a new era.
- Ohio State wins the Rose Bowl 28-23.
- Ryan Day is officially Ohio State's head coach.
- Dwayne Haskins says he's 50/50 on whether he'll go to the NFL or return to Ohio State.
- Urban Meyer says he doesn't believe he's going to coach again.
- Malik Harrison is returning to Ohio State.
- Ohio State made it count in the red zone.
- Dwayne Haskins and Brendon White were the Rose Bowl players of the game.
- Parris Campbell becomes just the fifth Ohio State receiver to break 1,000 yards in a single season.
- Dwayne Haskins becomes just the sixth FBS quarterback to throw for 50 touchdowns in a season.
- Ohio State ties Michigan for most Rose Bowl wins.
- Parris Campbell breaks the school record for catches in a single season.
Word of the Day: Quotidian.
“I WANT HIM TO BE DONE.” Urban Meyer confidently told ESPN after the Rose Bowl that he does not believe he will coach again after retiring at Ohio State.
His wife, Shelley, is in full agreement with that decision.
That was music to the ears of his wife, Shelley, who also expressed her desire for him to leave the coaching profession after the Buckeyes' 28-23 win against Washington.
"I would be ecstatic if he didn't [coach again]," Shelley Meyer said. "I'm done. I want him to be done. He's too intense."
"It's an end to something that we've been doing for a long, long, long time," she said. "I'm sad, but I'm really happy for him, because this is what needed to happen right now.
"He's been fun again. He's back to the Urban I knew when he wasn't so stressed out and anxious and having headaches."
I'll never forget when Shelley said that if Ohio State lost to Maryland, it would have ruined the next seven months of their lives.
I think it's easy to see how coaching has impacted Urban, and his headaches are a very visible representation of that, but it's impacted his whole family.
“BY ALL MEANS, I'LL BE COOL.” Tate Martell had more things to say about Justin Fields after the Rose Bowl.
Tate Martell had more comments about Justin Fields after Ohio State's 28-23 Rose Bowl win against Washington. pic.twitter.com/HSuZs2rvFh— Colin Gay (@ColinGay17) January 2, 2019
The dude is gunning for his job and Tate is holding nothing back. I respect the hell out of it.
Here's where I'm at: I absolutely want Justin Fields to come to Ohio State, and love his chances of starting next season if he's eligible. But when it comes down to it, I honestly do not care who wins the starting job because I love everything about the competition.
I think Fields is legit, but I also love the alpha mentality this has already brought out in Tate. You can tell it's going to push him every practice and he knows he's not going to have the job just handed to him.
If he wins it, good on him. If he doesn't, that probably means Fields is very, very good.
DECISIONS, DECISIONS. We didn't get a ton of post bowl game draft decisions outside of Malik Harrison announcing his return, but we did get some teases from a few guys.
Cornerback Damon Arnette told me he was leaning toward entering the NFL draft but hadn't made a final decision.— Bill Rabinowitz (@brdispatch) January 2, 2019
I know this is going to get a lot of hate, but I get it. I sincerely think he's going to test well at the combine and he's played regularly for three seasons – how much more is he really going to improve on tape?
He is who he is at this point, so I don't think it really matters when he decides to cash in and give the NFL a shot.
But I found this a hell of a lot more interesting:
Haskins, who finished this season with 50 passing touchdowns, said he wanted to break Colt Brennan's record of 58 passing touchdowns in a single season. If he was to come back next season, that would be his goal.— Dan Hope (@Dan_Hope) January 2, 2019
I've been firmly of the belief that Dwayne Haskins is and should be gone after this season, but people who are dead set on moving on generally don't have tangible goals in mind for next season, much less talk about them publicly.
I still believe Haskins is heading to the NFL, but he's sure making it interesting.
BURROW TAKES THE DUB. I'm going to be honest, early in the Fiesta Bowl, I thought LSU and former Buckeye Joe Burrow were both done.
Burrow threw a pick-six that put UCF up 14-3 and got laid the hell out on the return. He was extremely slow to get up, and it looked like LSU – with almost entirely second-stringers in the secondary – was ready to roll over.
But Burrow came back punching and led his Tigers back.
Thats Ight Ill take the 4 tds and the dub https://t.co/VVDLdQbqNW— Joey Burrow (@Joe_Burrow10) January 1, 2019
Burrow had the best game of his career, finishing with 394 yards and four touchdowns through the air and 24 yards on the ground to help lead LSU to a 40-32 victory.
And I thought their offense was bad...
POP THE BALLOON. I'm still not over how nonchalant this ref was about snagging this balloon out of midair and popping it in time for the next play.
Honestly, buddy had some ups too. I was genuinely impressed.
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