Ohio State’s disastrous offensive effort against Clemson has prompted changes. Urban Meyer has hired Ryan Day to help fix some issues with the Buckeyes.
It may not be the Chip Kelly-to-Ohio State news that some Buckeye fans may have wanted to hear, but the team’s offensive overhaul has begun.
Urban Meyer needed to find a new voice to help the team’s offense following its shutout loss to Clemson in the Fiesta Bowl, and the Buckeyes head coach believes that Ryan Day will be a big part of the solution. The former San Francisco 49ers quarterbacks coach is joining the Buckeyes’ staff in the same role.
Day spent time as the Boston College offensive coordinator before he served as the QBs coach in San Francisco under Kelly, whom he played for at New Hampshire. With Kelly being dismissed from the 49ers, though, Day has found a new destination. And it’s a high-profile one with Ohio State, whose fans are not used to seeing such abysmal offensive performances like the one they witnessed on New Year’s Eve.
Since serving as a graduate assistant at Florida and Boston College, Day has made stops at Temple, BC, the Philadelphia Eagles and 49ers. The 37-year-old New Hampshire native worked with Meyer before, serving as a grad assistant for the Gators in 2005. During his time at BC, he helped grad transfer quarterback Tyler Murphy transition from Florida into a successful ACC quarterback and also oversaw tailback Andre Williams emerge as a Heisman Trophy finalist.
Former Buckeyes co-offensive coordinator/QBs coach Tim Beck is leaving Columbus for the coordinator job on Tom Herman’s staff at Texas. Beck replaced Herman when the latter left for the head-coaching job at Houston following the 2014 season. We’ll see how the Beck and Day moves impact Buckeyes co-coordinator Ed Warriner and whether he will continue in that role.
While Buckeye fans may have wanted to land Kelly, they will have to settle for a Kelly protege—at least for now. The hope is that a shutout loss to Clemson—the Buckeyes’ first time being shut out since 1993 and the first of Meyer’s career—will be put in the rear view mirror quickly.