Ohio State Football: Will Ryan Day leave for the NFL?

Ryan Day has achieved a great deal of success in his first two years as the Head Coach of the Ohio State football program. With an NFL background and multiple job openings, could he leave a successful college career for an NFL job?

Ryan Day has become a household name far beyond Columbus and is one of the best college coaches in the nation. In his two years at Ohio State, he has posted an incredible 23-2 record, with two Big Ten titles, two trips to the College Football Playoff, a Sugar Bowl victory, a National Championship appearance, and has yet to lose a regular-season game.

He is the perfect fit to be the leader of the Ohio State Buckeyes and is an offensive mastermind and a quarterback guru. Just five years ago he was on the sidelines for the San Francisco 49ers as a QB coach, and the year prior he held the same position for the Philadelphia Eagles.

The Eagles job has become available, and John Clark of NBC Sports in Philadelphia reports that the team is interested in pursuing Day.

Day, the 41-year-old head coach, agreed to a contract extension in February 2020, which would keep him in Columbus until the conclusion of the 2026 season. Day will make upwards of $6 million during the 2021 season.

For reference, recently-fired Eagles Head Coach Doug Pederson was reportedly making $4 million annually for his duties, obviously significantly less than Day’s salary at OSU. The Eagles would have to increase their budget in hopes of stealing Day from Ohio State.

There would be a slim chance for Ryan Day to leave Ohio State for the NFL. The money and contract are very desirable, and he seems to have found a home at Ohio State. Despite being the first OSU head coach without Ohio ties since John Cooper, Day is passionate about Ohio State football and his success will continue for as long as he wears the Scarlet and Gray.