Ohio State Buckeyes head coach Ryan Day is already flashing the ability that earned him the confidence of Urban Meyer. Historically, Buckeye coaches are some of the game’s best. And Day’s future looks incandescently bright.
But not all OSU coaches were destined for the hall of fame. Take the case of David Farragut Edwards. Edwards won a national championship playing halfback at Princeton. He was a brilliant lawyer. He was also the worst coach in Ohio State football history.
The Buckeyes hit rock bottom under coach Edwards in the early days of the program. It started when Ohio State missed an opportunity to hire a coaching legend eager to join the program. It ended as Edwards’ losing ways pushed the athletic department to the brink of collapse.
Listen to the first episode of I Want to Go Back: The Wild Man and the Failed Coach. I Want to Go Back is Land-Grant Holy Land’s new podcast series on the lost stories of Ohio State football. Stay tuned for season one throughout the fall, and an expanded season two this spring.