From appearances, it seems hard to fault Coach Day. By all indications he wanted to find a way to play. Now he has to turn his focus towards a winter/spring season, even though the likelihood of that happening seems remote to me, as well as pointless.
I think Gene Smith is the one that looks a little foolish here. Deep in the recesses of his mind, he knows that the decision not to play is wrong and that objections to playing 5 months from now will be just as bad if not worse. Yet he persists in toeing the B1G "company line".
Smith and the OSU administration at a minimum should be threatening to leave the conference over this non-transparent decision and calling for Warren to not allow his son to play since he feels that this is such a dangerous situation.