According to Nathan Baird of cleveland.com, the Ohio State football team might be looking for a new offensive coordinator/play-caller for the 2024 season. This would highly suggest that Brian Hartline would remain as a co-offensive coordinator, and somebody would be brought on staff to coach quarterbacks and call plays.
Maybe the timing was just never right but the Ohio State football team did have the perfect man on staff to handle the duties in Kevin Wilson, who is now the head coach at Tulsa. But nonetheless, Ryan Day very likely is looking for his 'Jim Knowles' of the offense, so he could focus on the Ohio State football program at large. Here are three possible candidates for the position.
1.) Joe Moorhead, Akron Head Coach
Moorhead would be a very intriguing option. He has always been a top-notch offensive play-caller and helped Oregon knock off Ohio State back in 2021 with his excellent game plan. He also was the offensive coordinator for numerous seasons at Penn State where he did a fine job as well.
Currently, he is the head coach at Akron, and it's not going so well as he's only won four games in two seasons. But to be fair, the Zips job is one of the toughest in all of college football. Could he want to return to major college football and take over a top program's offense once more by just jumping down I-71 for two hours? I think Morehead might welcome the challenge and he would probably get a bump in pay to do so.
2.) Will Stein, Oregon Offensive Coordinator
What better way to welcome Oregon to the Big Ten than by taking their prized offensive coordinator? Stein has done a marvelous job with the Ducks, leading them to averaging 42.4 points per game this past season all while helping turn the career of Heisman candidate Bo Nix around.
Ryan Day in the past has plucked top coordinators from other schools, most notably when he grabbed Jim Knowles from Oklahoma State two seasons ago. It would not shock me if he just decided to grab the best coordinator he could, and right now that's Stein.
3.) Ryan Grubb, Washington Offensive Coordinator
Sense a theme? It's clear that Day needs to hire the best person he possibly can for this position and that would make Grubb a very attractive candidate. His offensive talent that he had in Washington would be similar to what Ohio State currently has, hopefully making for an easy transition.
Grubb was almost poached away last season by Alabama, so maybe a nice raise and a shot at coaching in Columbus would be enough to sway him out of Washington. The Huskies averaged 37.6 points per game and we will see how they fair against Michigan in the national title game tonight.