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Ryan Day reportedly staying at Ohio State with raise, unofficial succession plan

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Urban Meyer not sure of future plans, according to the report.

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Well, things sure are getting interesting. As the No. 6 Ohio State Buckeyes prepare to play the No. 21 Northwestern Wildcats in tomorrow’s Big Ten Championship Game, a report from Scott Roussel of Football Scoop indicates that despite interest from teams on both the collegiate and professional levels, offensive coordinator Ryan Day will remain in Columbus for the 2019 season.

Roussel says that Day will also receive yet another pay raise, and an understanding (written or otherwise) that whenever head coach Urban Meyer decides to step away from coaching, that Day will be the one to succeed him.

Roussel’s report also indicates that despite his assurances that he plans on coaching in 2019, Meyer is not certain as to what his professional future will bring. In the article, Roussel states that Meyer has told athletic director Gene Smith that he does not plan on coaching after next season at the latest, but he will finalize and address his future plans publicly following the game this Saturday.

Meyer has been fairly open about his health issues as the season has gone on, especially as attention from fans and the media has turned towards his behavior and actions on the sideline. Last month, he gave a small gaggle of reporters some additional insight into the on-going health problems that he has dealt with following surgery to alleviate pressure from a cyst on his brain.

I might be speaking for myself, but if Meyer does plan on stepping away from the Buckeyes following this season or next, I am more than comfortable with Smith and the Ohio State administration committing to keeping Day in charge.

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If Urban Meyer steps down after the 2018 or 2019 season, what do you want OSU to do at head coach?

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  • 63%
    Give it to Ryan Day immediately.
    (822 votes)
  • 22%
    Hold a nationwide search.
    (286 votes)
  • 14%
    Bring back Jim Tressel.
    (187 votes)
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