It sounds like the Ohio State football program told Kyle McCord to move on

Speaking on a podcast, Kyle McCord seemed to indicate that the Ohio State football program wanted him to move on.
Ohio State quarterback Kyle McCord looks to pass during a game against Minnesota at Ohio Stadium in
Ohio State quarterback Kyle McCord looks to pass during a game against Minnesota at Ohio Stadium in / Adam Cairns / USA TODAY NETWORK

The Ohio State football team went 12-1 in 2023 and missed the Big Ten Championship by one drive. Had they been able to score on their final drive, they would've played for a Big Ten title and likely would have made the CFP. Instead, Kyle McCord threw an interception on the Buckeyes' final drive.

That interception would be the last pass that McCord would throw as a member of the Ohio State football team. He entered the portal and is now at Syracuse while the Buckeyes got Will Howard from Kansas State in the portal to fill his void. Howard is now the presumed starter.

There have been mixed reports as to why McCord decided to enter the transfer portal. Some thought that McCord wanted a guarantee of the starting job before he returned. Some thought Ohio State wanted him to leave. Speaking on the NoDestination podcast, McCord recently shared his side of the story.

McCord seems to imply that Ryan Day didn't want McCord around anymore. According to him, Ohio State was the one who wanted to go in another direction, not him. McCord is now obviously at Syracuse and will start there, so things have worked out for him.

I've heard reports to the contrary. McCord's dad got involved and wanted guarantees as well, as far as I was told. But who knows? The only ones who know the real reason why McCord entered the portal are him and Day. It doesn't really matter at this point what the reason was.

What we do know is that the Buckeyes will have a new starting quarterback for 2024 and the expectations for this team have only gone higher with what they were able to get in the portal. It's a national championship or bust type of season and they need solid quarterback play.


Apparently, Day didn't think McCord could deliver that.

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