2. Parker Fleming
Did you watch the Ohio State football team’s special teams this year? They were absolutely pathetic! Jesse Mirco averaged 36.7 yards a punt in The Game and the punting unit made mistake after mistake. Jayden Fielding missed a field goal in The Game as well.
It wasn’t just the final game of the year though. The special teams unit had penalties time after time. Jayden Ballard muffed a punt against Penn State. There is no reason for the special teams to be that bad, especially if you employ a full-time special teams coordinator.
Parker Fleming never should’ve had a job to begin with. No other CFP contender employs a special teams coordinator. Keeping Fleming means one less coach for the defense, which is a problem. It’s not like Fleming is even doing his job well either. He’s actively holding this team back on special teams.
If Ryan Day does survive into next year, he needs to remove Fleming immediately and get an extra defensive coach. It’s not like the special teams can get any worse without him. In fact, I would argue that they would be much improved with that unit next year.
The final coach who shouldn’t return next season is a position coach who was hired just a couple of years ago.