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Ryan Day has a contemporary up in Cleveland

Two young, offensive minded coaches are running the only football teams that matter in Ohio.

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“Now they’re the two most powerful coaches in Ohio football, with the fates of two winning teams (one proven, one all potential) in their hands. If you squint hard enough and get past Kitchens’ prominent Alabama drawl and Day’s fading New England dialect, you can see the same guy, two all-state high school quarterbacks who started for their homestate universities before launching coaching careers that peaked right here in the last two months.”

- Doug Lesmerises, Cleveland dot com

There are exactly two big time football programs in the state of Ohio (Cincinnati is in Kentucky), and they’re led by a 39-year-old Ryan Day and a 44-year-old Freddie Kitchens, both first time head coaches and long time offensive masterminds. Given the history and prestige that comes with being a head coach at Ohio State, and the general age based gatekeeping in the NFL, I’d put money on this being the first time that the Buckeyes and Browns have relatively young and innovative coaches at the same time.

With the youth revolution storming the state, I can only imagine Freddie and Ryan will usher in a new era of football success never before seen in Ohio, because they aren’t weighed down by the classic old coach tropes like “playing the oldest players instead of the best” or “hiring an entire staff of people you just wanted to hang out with more”. I, for one, am ready for our young coaching overlords, and pledge my allegiance to Ohio’s new co-kings.


Holtmann talks Iowa

It’s been a tough week for Ohio State basketball. After starting the season 12-1, the Buckeyes have dropped two straight, to Michigan State on Saturday and Rutgers on Wednesday, which means tomorrow’s matchup with Iowa is a crucial one. That doesn’t seem to be lost on the team, as Andre Wesson, Duane Washington, and head coach Chris Holtmann addressed the press on Friday afternoon.

Holtmann takes the stage around the 13-minute mark, and jumps straight into talking up the Hawkeyes, compliments their system, their group of veteran players, and the young talent on the roster. He mentions specifically that Iowa has lots of length on defense and could play some zone on Saturday, which Ohio State has struggled greatly with this season.

He also names Connor McCaffery, Joe Wieskamp, and the overall depth of Iowa as their greatest strength, especially with star Tyler Cook’s injury status still up in the air. You can check out the full presser in the link above, and watch the Buckeyes take the floor on Saturday at 2:37 p.m. ET on BTN.


“The No. 7 Ohio State men’s volleyball team (2-1) fell to No. 5 BYU (1-0) on the road in a three-set sweep on Thursday, 25-20, 25-23 and 27-25.”

- Caleb Ewing, The Lantern

The Ohio State men’s volleyball team is one of the best shows on campus, but they got off to a bit of a rough start on their 2019 season, losing to BYU on the road in their first ranked matchup of the year. After easily dropping Penn State and Charleston to start the year, Ohio State had no answer for the Cougars, keeping each set close but not finding a way to win one on the way to a tough first loss.

All isn’t lost for the Buckeye though, obviously. They continue their west coast tour against 11th ranked Stanford on Saturday, before coming back home to play George Mason and Erskine next Friday and Saturday. Then, it’s back on the road to end the month, as the Buckeyes head to the worst place on earth, Muncie, Indiana, to face off with the 14th ranked Ball State Cardinals.


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