Ryan Day had to fire Parker Fleming after the special teams had a terrible year. It made room for the Ohio State football team to have a full-time assistant coach elsewhere. The Buckeyes have not made a hire to fill that role yet, even though there are several options that make sense.
Speaking to the media today, Day mentioned that he doesn't quite know what he's going to do with that full-time spot yet. He said there is a shot that Ohio State could still hire another full-time special teams coordinator like they had last year. That would leave them a coaching deficit on the defensive side of the ball.
I don't understand why Day doesn't just add another defensive coach. Since he's supposed to be done with play-calling duties anyway, why doesn't he just handle the special teams? It doesn't make sense to handicap the defense with fewer coaches.
As you can see by the tweet above from Dan Hope of Eleven Warriors, Day is still about a week away from making a decision. If he does decide to hire a special teams coordinator, let's hope he's at least better than Fleming was. The special teams should get better with a coach, not actively worse.
We still don't know about the status of Bill O'Brien yet either so the Ohio State football team could have to make two full-time hires this offseason still. It's very strange that Day hadn't already filled up his staff heading into the month of February, especially with recruiting for the 2024 class already wrapped up.
In any case, we will keep you advised as to who Day decides to hire or promote to that final full-time assistant coach slot. It will likely come next week right after we learn O'Brien's fate in Columbus. We'll be on top of it!