Tuesday was an eventful day in the world of Ohio State Buckeyes football. Urban Meyer announced his retirement as the team’s head coach, effective after the Rose Bowl and athletic director Gene Smith announces that Ryan Day will assume coaching duties from there on out.
While the head coaching situation is the biggest puzzle piece, the pieces that now surround Day are a little fuzzy. With the NFL season still on going and college programs gearing up for bowl games and the College Football Playoff, changes could be taking place behind the scenes of the Buckeye coaching staff.
If there are changes, nothing has come to fruition just yet; however, on ESPN’s Sportscenter, former Buckeye quarterback and current college football analyst Kirk Herbstreit had some insight on the transition from Meyer to Day — and the continuity that that brings.
Herbstreit elaborated on Smith’s decision to keep the hire in-house, and how important that was to the program in keeping the strength coach, defensive coordinator, and defensive line coach — name dropping Larry Johnson in the process.
The insight from Herbie makes sense: the transition from Meyer to Day appeared to be a smooth one, and it’s a safe assumption to believe that such a hire wouldn’t rock the boat too much. In fact, it may not even rock the boat at all.
Once Day takes over on Jan. 2, we’ll start to see a clearer picture at what he will/won’t be doing with personnel. But right now, it looks like a few of the main pieces will be back for the Buckeyes in 2019.