I think this is one of those cases of standing on the shoulders of giants. Urban Meyer revolutionized college football, even back as early as his Utah days (and some may say BGSU days—I didn’t watch much BGSU football then, or now, but I did watch the Utes). The things Urban did as far as scheme, offensive strategy, and being cutthroat were a new combination in college football coaching. But like a lot of people that are wildly successful at what they do, Urban had a difficult time continuing to evolve.
The things that he did that were great, like recruiting, continued to be great. His offensive philosophy got a little bit stale, and he lost some of his edge due to health issues, or loyalty issues, or whatever. Ryan Day was able to sit in the background and observe all this, as well as sit behind Chip Kelly, and pick up a lot of different pieces. Obviously being an offensive genius doesn’t hurt either, but seeing Urban Meyer and Chip Kelly first hand and picking the best of each of them to go with your own mind is a great luxury.
And because he’s “new”, Ryan Day doesn’t have any of the loyalty issues that plagued Meyer’s selection of assistant and position coaches in his last 3-4 years at OSU. He’s still recruiting like a boss, and has great coaches to develop players. Urban Meyer set the standard, and even elevated it from regional powerhouse to national title contender every year. Let’s just hope he can keep the train running (I think he can).