The Ohio State football program hired Bill O'Brien to be its new offensive coordinator. The hire showed that Ryan Day is willing to do whatever it takes to get better. O'Brien has experience as the head coach of Penn State and was the OC of Alabama. He also has head coaching experience in the NFL and was the OC of the Patriots.
His pedigree of working in both college and the NFL is why Day hired him. Yet, there is a rumor floating around that he could leave before he even coaches a game for the Buckeyes. What is this rumor and could it actually hold some weight?
Bruce Feldman of FOX and The Athletic has put O'Brien as a candidate for the Boston College head coaching position. That job is open after former Buckeye defensive coordinator Jeff Hafley left to be the DC with the Green Bay Packers. O'Brien is a Boston native and obviously coached in New England before.
Do I put much weight into this speculation? Not really. I don't think O'Brien would leave a job he just started. If he did, it would be for a more prestigious job than Boston College. Another big-time job isn't going to be open before the college football season starts anyway, so I expect to see him stay in Columbus.
If he did leave, the Ohio State football program would likely just do what they did last year and have Day call the plays again. That's not something we want to see next year, but it would be the likely course of action. Again, Bruce is just throwing out names in his article so nothing is a done deal.
To be honest, I'm not entirely sold on the O'Brien hire in the first place. I just assume that better players on offense will help the Buckeyes score more points than they did last year.