Eleven Dubcast: Two High-Impact Coaching Hires Show Ryan Day Isn't Messing Around In His Pursuit of Playoff Success

By Andy Vance on January 11, 2022 at 2:50 pm
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Greg Studrawa became the second member of Ohio State's 2021 coaching staff looking for new opportunities this offseason, a move that may have surprised you if you were expecting more changes on the defensive side of the ball. After all, the Buckeye offense ranked first nationally in both scoring offense (45.7 points per game) and total offense (561.2 yards per game).

But with a lackluster (by Ohio State's lofty standards) rushing attack against Top-50 defenses and some notable recruiting misses, program CEO Ryan Day said it was time to make a change, and he went out and brought in one of the top young offensive line coaches in the country.

While it seems a given that more changes are coming on the defensive side of the ball as Day and new defensive coordinator Jim Knowles work through the one thing that kept Ohio State from making the College Football Playoff for a third year in a row, the hiring of Knowles and Justin Frye suggest that Day isn't fooling around in his pursuit of Ohio State's ninth national championship.

Meanwhile, the Buckeye basketball program appears to have bounced back from its lengthy COVID pause and is en route to avoiding the dreaded January slump. E.J. Liddell and Malaki Branham are playing exceptionally well, and it's fun to watch.

Plus, Ask Us Anything (which, as always, you can do by emailing us at dubcast@elevenwarriors.com) and we ask the question, what's up with Marcus Freeman, anyway?


0:00 Ryan Day isn't resting on his laurels, which is how you operate if you want to win championships.

4:00 Hiring a new Defensive Coordinator was an obvious need. But replacing the offensive line coach on the top offense in the country was... surprising, maybe?

9:35 Jim Knowles appears to be a home-run hire; he's not only bringing his scheme and teaching to Columbus, but a highly-rated defensive back, too.

15:50 What other changes are coming for this staff? Other new faces, new job responsibilities?

23:00 Brian Hartline gets a promotion after proving once again that he's the best wide receivers coach in the sport.

26:53 The standard at Ohio State is title or bust. That hasn't been the standard at That School Up North for quite a while... will that change now that Harbaugh finally got a win under his belt, or will he bolt for the NFL?

40:50 Leaders of the College Football Playoff are no closer to an agreement on expansion than they were a year ago. Shocking. Well, not shocking really, not at all. Sigh.

47:55 Ask us anything! Let's get salty about Ohio State not giving James Laurinaitis a shot on staff and letting him set up shop in South Bend.

52:28 Quick Cals: So, what's the deal with Marcus Freeman, anyway? And, Ohio State's basketball team seems to be on the path of avoiding the dreaded January slump thanks to E.J. Liddell and Malaki Branham.

And that'll do it! Thanks as always to Travis for the cool, cool logo, thanks to you for listening and checking out the Dry Goods store, and we'll see you next week!

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