The Ohio State football team is heading into an extremely important year in 2024. They have lost to Michigan three years in a row and haven't won a Big Ten title since 2020. Neither is acceptable here in Columbus and the fans have been very vocal in their displeasure with how things are going.
Ryan Day has heard Ohio State football fans loud and clear. He knows that if he doesn't turn things around, he won't be here in 2025. Because of that, he has shaken things up in a big way. He has fired three coaches and now has made the splashiest hire of the offseason.
Last night, Ohio State hired Bill O'Brien to be the offensive coordinator and play-caller. While Day had said he was going to give up play-calling duties last year, this time he actually means it. O'Brien takes over and has a wealth of experience doing just that at both the college and pro level.
O'Brien has been with the Patriots, the Texans, Alabama, and Penn State in a variety of roles. He has head coaching experience as well. I think this is a decent hire. It gives Day someone he can lean on when things get a little tough. Maybe that's what he needs for the offense.
This hire shows that Day means business next year. He's doing everything he can to avoid failure and getting fired. That's what he should do. Adding O'Brien means Corey Dennis is out as well, so that's another coach who didn't add a ton of value who is out the door.
We'll see if this hire ultimately works out or not. Day hasn't been shy about shaking up the coaching staff or roster since the season ended. Perhaps it ends up being his best move as head coach yet.