The Ohio State football team had its annual signing day press conference yesterday and although only one player signed on the dotted line (Dominic Kirks) there was still plenty of news. Most notably, Ryan Day seems very content in giving up play-calling duties on Saturdays for the Buckeyes. Here is what he said, via Eleven Warriors:
"“I know that that is an ideal situation moving forward. I know that it has to happen, there's so much that's going on right now in college football. Do I want to? No. I don't. I love the football part of it. I love calling plays. I love being in there. But, you know, I'm getting pulled out (of offensive meetings). And I'm just not, on a Wednesday night, thinking about what to call on 3rd-and-4 on the 21-yard line in the third quarter of a game.""- Ryan Day
I think this is exactly what Buckeye fans want to hear. There is no argument that Ryan Day is a top-five play-caller in all of college football. Heck, that's why Gene Smith hired him to be Urban Meyer's heir apparent. But as college football has changed over the past six years, it's time for Ryan Day to do the same.
And it appears like it's working. Look at all the progress Day has made with the program over the past two months. He has been in lockstep with the 1870 Society in putting together a great 2024 recruiting class and they also were able to grab some much-needed transfers at key positions of needs. All while keeping most of their current roster intact.
Day is also clearly hoping that having a play-caller will be beneficial on gamedays. Hopefully, there will be no more gaffs as there was at the end of the first half up in Ann Arbor this past season. Whether it's Bill O'Brien or somebody else, I believe we are going to see the very best version of Ryan Day as head coach in 2024.