When Billy Davis was hired, it seemed a bit questionable, given his background of getting fired by NFL teams, but he was reportedly very close with Urban Meyer, and a friend of Urban is a friend of Buckeye fans. Today, however, after two incredibly bad years of linebacker play, the best man at Urban Meyer’s wedding has departed Columbus, as he was officially let go by new head coach Ryan Day just five days after Day took over as head coach.
Davis confirmed the news on Tuesday afternoon, and says that he plans on attempting to get back into the NFL.
Thank you, Buckeye Nation. pic.twitter.com/ZLIFxwV7wH— Bill Davis (@CoachBillDavis) January 8, 2019
Davis’ had a tumultuous tenure in Columbus, to put it kindly. His linebacker group frequently struggled with the speed of college football, and looked lost in Greg Schiano’s aggressive defensive scheme. Several players, notably Jerome Baker, Chris Worley, Tuf Borland and Pete Werner — among others — never seemed to get the coaching that they needed under Davis, and the first two played significantly better before Davis’ arrival in 2017.
Davis never seemed to quite fit in with a college football program, likely thanks in large part to his complete lack of college coaching experience. He seemed much better suited to coaching grown men rather than college students, and it showed on the field with the frequent confusion from his players.
Davis will likely head back to the NFL, where he’ll somehow acquire his 12th (!!!) linebacker coaching job in the league that seemingly can’t get enough of his whole shtick. Ohio State reportedly has interest in several possible replacements, including Michigan’s Al Washington, Cincinnati’s Marcus Freeman, and Kentucky’s Matt House, though it’s unclear if any of those three would be hired to replace Davis or reportedly departing defensive coordinator Greg Schiano.