Ryan Day just received a promotion at Ohio State from quarterbacks coach to offensive coordinator, but that’s not what SEC fans care about in the fallout of Day’s big news.
It’s the small nugget that Sports Illustrated’s Bruce Feldman dropped on Tuesday morning after Day turned down the Tennessee Titans offensive coordinator role for a chance to run Urban Meyer’s offense.
Feldman said Day also turned down Mississippi State for its head coaching position.
“Urban Meyer has officially promoted Ryan Day to OC at Ohio State,” Feldman wrote. “Day as we reported yesterday passed on opportunity to become the Titans OC, and a few months ago passed on the opportunity to become the head coach at Miss State.”
That revelation solves a bit of a mystery that stemmed from comments made by Meyer last month.
“Coach Day had an opportunity to potentially be a head coach in the SEC but decided to stay at Ohio State,” Meyer said in December. “He’s done a phenomenal job for us. There’s been other coaches on the staff who’ve had opportunities to move on and haven’t. This staff is very strong right now.”
With six vacancies filled in the SEC during this offseason coaching carousel, one could have guessed that it may have been Mississippi State all along, but the numbers were enough to make you pause until someone confirmed.
Instead, Mississippi State moved forward with the hiring of former Penn State offensive coordinator Joe Moorhead to replace Dan Mullen, and most Bulldogs fans couldn’t be happier with the work he has done in his first few weeks on the job.
It’s still interesting to find out that Day, 38, chose to turn down a SEC head coaching gig with a top-25 program to work underneath Meyer at Ohio State. At the time, Day was still a quarterbacks coach without full coordinator responsibility.
Day played college ball for Chip Kelly at New Hampshire and coached under him in the NFL with both the Philadelphia Eagles and San Francisco 49ers. It will be a name that Bulldogs fans likely will watch in coming year to measure against the effectiveness of Moorhead.
We’ll be keeping score as well.