While Ohio State’s defensive coaching staff still has some holes to fill, the offense has officially been made complete when Day promoted Corey Dennis from senior quality control coach to full-time quarterbacks coach on Friday.
Former Ohio State quarterbacks coach Mike Yurcich left after only one season to become the next offensive coordinator for the Texas Longhorns. Dennis was the obvious choice to take Yurcich’s job, considering he has five years of experience on Ohio State’s coaching staff. As Austin Ward from Lettermen Row put it:
Ohio State could have taken the conservative route, letting Dennis go prove himself as a full-timer at Colorado State for a season or two and then hoping for the chance to reunite down the road. Or Day could bet that his eye for talent should be trusted again and not risk letting him get away without a clear path to a return, instead putting faith in what Dennis has learned over the last few years, banking on a smooth transition and counting on him to reach his potential with the Buckeyes.
Dennis’ transition to his new prominent position will be made easier with the likes of Ryan Day, coordinator Kevin Wilson, running backs coach Tony Alford and offensive line coach Greg Studrawa all returning to lead the Buckeyes’ offense. Dennis was also there to help quarterback Justin Fields adjust to his new role as the Buckeyes’ starting quarterback— a job he’s proved himself to be pretty good at.
“Basically [Dennis] is like my personal quarterbacks coach when Coach Day is not around,” former Ohio State quarterback Dwayne Haskins said last year. “I can ask him about looks, coverages, different pressures — and he has everything that Coach Day teaches him.”
Corey Dennis: Ryan Day’s protégé,
"I'm getting goosebumps just thinking about it."— FOX College Football (@CFBONFOX) January 10, 2020
To celebrate college football's 150th anniversary @CoachUrbanMeyer, @MattLeinartQB and @joelklatt share their favorite college football memories. pic.twitter.com/jqzsoe1pmF
To celebrate 150 years of college football, former Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer shared his favorite college football memory. If you guessed one of his three national championship wins, or even one of his many conference championship wins, you guessed wrong. It wasn’t when his quarterback Tim Tebow was named Heisman, and it wasn’t even a year when he, himself, won a coach of the year award.
Nope. It was November 26, 2016. Ohio State’s double over time, 30-27 win against Michigan. AKA this beauty:
After Curtis Samuel crossed into the end zone for the win, the camera switches to Meyer who literally collapses to the ground out of pure relief.
Maybe his favorite college football memory was when that game ended, but nonetheless, Meyer finished his Ohio State coaching career with a 7-0 record against TTUN. That’s all that matters.
Ohio State won’t be in Monday’s national title game, but the broadcast will have some Buckeye flavor with both Ryan Day and Jeff Hafley joining ESPN’s coverage of the game.
The Buckeyes are making dang sure that they’re on America’s televisions during the National Championship one way or another. ESPN’s coverage begins at 1 p.m. with College Football Live, College GameDay, Championship Drive, and College Football Playoff Pregame.
Day is expected to make multiple appearances on multiple shows throughout the day.
Now-Boston College head coach, Jeff Hafley, will be on ESPN’s Film Room broadcast that will air on ESPNU. He, along with other college coaches, will help break down plays, calls, etc. during the game.
You can catch the College Football national championship game at 8 p.m., Monday on ESPN.
Ohio State Spring Game is Saturday April 11th.— Brandon Beam (@BrandonBeam971) January 9, 2020
Saturday at The Masters is Saturday April 11th. pic.twitter.com/e20cKeitug
Hey, Ohio State put WiFi in the ‘Shoe for a reason. Also, didn’t 2019’s Spring Game just happen? Remember? We all concluded that Justin Fields is bad?
Former Ohio State defensive coordinator Jeff Hafley left for the head coaching job at Boston College and took our optimism for the Buckeyes’ defense along with him. But that’s not all he took. He also brought Ohio State assistant strength coach Phil Matusz on board to be BC’s new head strength and conditioning coach.
Matusz will be a great addition for the Eagles, as he has spent the past six years under Mickey Marotti, the legendary assistant athletic director for football sports performance.
Matusz had served as Ohio State’s associate director for strength and conditioning since 2017 and was named American Football Monthly’s 2016 FBS Strength and Conditioning Coach of the Year.
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