Whether you enjoyed Ohio State football head coach Ryan Day’s postgame rant or not, one thing is for sure, Day has the full backing of current and former Ohio State players. Following Saturday night’s win over Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana, Day was interviewed by NBC’s Kathryn Tappen when he told Ohio State’s Associate Sports Information Director Jerry Emig, who recommended he take a deep breath, to “Watch this,” before unloading.
"“I’d like to know where Lou Holtz is right now. What he said about our team, I cannot believe. This is a tough team right here. We’re proud to be from Ohio. It’s always been Ohio against the world, and it’ll continue to be Ohio against the world. But I’ll tell you what: I love those kids. We’ve got a tough team.”"
Following the nationally televised post-game interview, many of the national pundits scoffed and even criticized Day on his tone and delivery. However, around Columbus, Ohio, and among both current and former Buckeyes, it was a much different story.
"“I fully support everything Coach Day said and everything that he’s going to say in the future,” current Buckeye Emeka Egbuka stated on Wednesday during interviews with the media. “That’s my head coach. We’re all going to rally behind him and we believe he can get us to where we want to be.”"
Egbuka wasn’t the only Ohio State football player to speak on the subject. Starting current Kyle McCord also felt the need to speak his mind about his head coach.
"“It means a lot. I think every single guy on this team has Coach Day’s back, and we all know that he has ours. And for him to go do that, I think it showed his true emotion and how he feels about this team. I think that fired the guys up a lot. You don’t really see too many head coaches after a game like that show that type of emotion, and for him to that on that type of a stage, it showed everyone on the team how much he cares about us.”"
Day isn’t scheduled to meet with the media until Tuesday, in which I am sure he will get asked about his post-game comments and if he would like to respond to Lou Holtz’s most recent comments.