The Ohio State football program won't be making any changes with the head coach this season. Ryan Day will survive another year even if some of his assistants haven't. Even so, Day's seat is flaming hot heading into next year. It could be his final year with the Buckeyes if he doesn't beat TTUN.
Ohio State football fans who are convinced that Day isn't the answer have been hoping to get Mike Vrabel to come back to school to lead the program. Vrabel coached under Urban Meyer and is obviously an alum of the school so it would be the perfect match.
Vrabel getting fired today by the Titans could not have been worse timing for the Buckeyes and their fans. He gets fired just two years after being named the Coach of the Year. Now because he's let go this year, he will become one of the top coaching candidates available in the NFL.
For Ohio State, the timing could not be worse. Ryan Day won't be fired as the last act of Gene Smith while he's AD. He retires in the Summer and someone else will take his place. He won't hire a new coach and leave him as a lame duck for the new AD. That means they won't get Vrabel this year.
I'm not totally convinced that the Buckeyes would have been able to land Vrabel anyway, but now there is no shot. He will likely take a job in the NFL (likely in New England after they part ways with Belichick) and be their head coach for who knows how long.
If Day does indeed fail next season, Ohio State will have to look elsewhere for their new head coach. It's frustrating that they won't even get a crack at Vrabel. It would have been nice to have gotten a chance to at least talk to him to gauge his interest.
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