Ohio State Hiring Ryan Day Definitely a Gamble

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Ohio State was scheduled to live-stream a news conference at 2 p.m. officially announcing Meyer's retirement and the introduction of coach Ryan Day. Smith denied a Football Scoop report last week that Meyer would not coach past the 2019 season and Day would take over as head coach.

A national championship, seven first-place division finishes, three conference championships, three bowl wins, and possibly a Rose Bowl win to put a very Scarlet and Gray bow on the gift that Meyer has been for OSU. However, his time on the sidelines is ending on January 1, 2019, after he coaches the Buckeyes in the Rose Bowl. He also was reproached for what some saw as overly lax treatment of Zach Smith, the assistant coach who was accused by his ex-wife of domestic abuse.

For his mishandling of Smith, Meyer was suspended by the university for three games this season, a decision he made clear that he believed was unfair. "He was the most upfront coach that we had contact with, saying that if I worked hard I could earn a spot and how I needed to work for what I wanted there". Urban Meyer, he really can't coach.

Operating under the belief that Meyer will return to coaching in the next two years, these are some of the colleges that could potentially be fits for Meyer to get back in the game. "He shouldn't be coaching, and I would argue that he shouldn't have been coaching the last month". The Buckeyes went 3-0 under Day, including a win over TCU in Arlington, Texas, before Meyer returned to the sideline September 22 against Tulane.

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Meyer, who had a "core values" banner in the locker room demanding his players treat women with respect, apologized to Ohio State fans following word that he would be suspended. He's a second-year Ohio State assistant who had never before been a head coach.

Outside of Alabama and Clemson, no other program has a better winning percentage than Ohio State since 2013.

While Meyer served his suspension, Day led the Buckeyes to victories in the first three games of this season. After stepping down at Florida due to stress-related health concerns, he took the Ohio State job before the 2012 season after Jim Tressel was forced out for lying to the NCAA amid a memorabilia-for-tattoos scandal. Though Meyer had known about accusations against Smith, which dated back years, he kept him on the staff and at one point told the press that he didn't know as much about the situation as was later revealed. It appeared to be a dream job for the Toledo native and success quickly followed.

His contract was extended in April by two years through 2022, increasing Meyer's salary to $7.6 million in 2018 with annual 6 percent raises. He coached for two years at Bowling Green and two years at Utah before joining Florida in 2005.

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