Ryan Day has called plays every year for the Ohio State football team since 2018. It's what he knows how to do. Even when he was promoted to head coach in the 2019 season, he didn't give up play-calling duties. He was supposed to last year, but decided against it.
Day is slated to finally give up those duties in the 2024 season after he hired Bill O'Brien as the new offensive coordinator. The idea is that this will allow him to spend more time on other head coaching duties instead of so much time with the offensive specifically.
It seems that there might be a chance that Day ends up calling the plays anyway. There is rampant speculation out there that O'Brien could end up taking the Boston College head coaching job without ever coaching a down for the Buckeyes. A decision on that job should be coming sometime this week.
If O'Brien does leave before even setting roots down in Columbus, that's bad news for the Ohio State football program. It will likely be too late in the cycle for the Buckeyes to get anyone good to be the OC, so Day will likely go back to doing what he's done the last five years; calling plays.
I thought Day's playcalling was better last year than it was in 2022. Even so, I think he needs to cede those duties. There still isn't enough creativity in the run game when it comes to calling plays. The Buckeyes need more variety in order to run it more consistently.
When I thought Hartline was going to call plays last year, I was all for it. Now with Day's job on the line, I highly doubt he would give the job to someone who's never called plays. He would likely go down swinging trusting himself to run the offense.
Nothing with O'Brien is official, of course. We'll keep you posted on that whole situation.