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Podcast: Justin Fields is a Buckeye, now Ryan Day has some decisions to make

Getting back on Alabama and Clemson’s level means making some choices that Urban Meyer wouldn’t.

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Ryan Day’s impressive start as Ohio State’s Head Coach went to the next level on Friday, as the Buckeyes officially added former Georgia (and class of 2018 five-star prospect) quarterback Justin Fields to the roster. The move sets up a smooth transition from the likely departure of Dwayne Haskins, but Day’s work on getting Ohio State back to the College Football Playoff — and where Alabama and Clemson will be on Monday — is still to come.

On this episode of the Hangout in the Holy Land, Patrick Mayhorn and I discuss what Fields brings to the table (a lot), and go in-depth on the decisions Day needs to make — namely on the coaching staff — that Urban Meyer wouldn’t to get the Buckeyes back to the playoff, and in the conversation with the Tide and Tigers.

Show notes

3:32- Fields is a massive get for Day. How much of a QB competition is this really going to be?

7:50- Fields brings a dynamic element that’s going to make the offense much more vertical.

13:20- Ohio State’s QB lineage the past 20 years is sick.

15:15- It’s hard to blame Alex Grinch for jumping to OU, but what’s next for Ohio State’s defense?

19:57- Michael Jordan declaring for the NFL Draft leaves the offensive line with some tenuous depth.

24:51- But Jordan Fuller returning for his senior season is just as big for the secondary.

27:30- Why Colton thinks Ryan Day’s first season is going to be defined by whether he makes some decisions that Urban Meyer was unwilling to make, with shoutout to Ari Wasserman’s article about the ruthlessness of bringing Fields in. (Subscription required, but highly recommended)