Ryan Day may have to wait for one more game to really be Ohio State’s head coach, but the successor to soon-to-be-retired Urban Meyer is already working to put together his coaching staff in Columbus. On Saturday, Day’s first official staff decision was made with the removing of an interim tag for wide receivers coach Brian Hartline. Hartline was officially elevated to being the permanent wide receivers coach for Ohio State moving forward.
“Brian is a terrific young coach and mentor to our players and I am thrilled he is on our staff permanently now,” Day said in a released statement. “Brian was displaying outstanding leadership qualities when he was a quality control coach, and his efforts coaching the wide receivers this season are a huge reason we are Big Ten champions and headed to the Rose Bowl.”
Hartline joined the Ohio State coaching staff in 2017 as a quality control coach with the wide receivers. He was named interim wide receivers coach following the dismissal of former receivers coach Zach Smith this summer.
Ohio State wide receivers played a huge role for the Buckeyes this season en route to a Big Ten championship run that will take the team out west to play in the Rose Bowl next month. Ohio State receivers caught 291 passes for 4,211 yards and 43 touchdowns, fueling a run to being a Heisman Trophy finalist for quarterback Dwayne Haskins. All are new school records for receivers, which were led by Parris Campbell, Johnnie Dixon, Terry McLaurin and K.J. Hill. Freshman Chris Olave proved ready to step up in a big spot too with a breakout performance in the regular season finale against Michigan to clinch the Big Ten East Division.
Time will tell if Day feels a need to make any further staff changes once the season is complete and the Buckeyes officially move into the post-Meyer era under Day’s leadership.
Dwayne Haskins has long been slated as the top quarterback at Ohio State for the 2018 season, but today interim head coach Ryan Day made it officially official. Haskins will be the starting quarterback for the Buckeyes when they open the 2018 season at home against Oregon State on Saturday.
Not that there was much of a chance Haskins wasn’t going to be the head coach, but Day did note there will be a plan to get quarterback Tate Martell some playing time.
Haskins had previously been suggested the top quarterback at Ohio State by head coach Urban Meyer in May and again in June before the start of training camp in Columbus. Meyer may be serving a three-game suspension to begin the season, but there was no reason to change things up in his absence as Day takes on the gameday coaching responsibilities for Ohio State to begin the season.
Haskins played in eight games as a freshman for Ohio State last year as the top backup to J.T. Barrett. In his eight appearances, Haskins completed 70.2 percent of his passes for 565 yards and four touchdowns with one interception. Haskins also took off running 24 times for a gain of 86 yards and showed glimpses of being a good fit in the Ohio State offense that will likely be led with the running duo of J.K. Dobbins and Mike Weber.
The only question worth asking that won’t be given any official answer until we see it in person might be how short the leash will be for Haskins. If Haskins and Ohio State do run into a couple of rough spots and Martell is given a chance to change the pace of things, how ready might Martell be to being given his own chance to start. For now, there is no reason to suspect Haskins will have a small window to prove he deserves the starting job. And by the time Meyer returns from his suspension from the university, Haskins will have shown what he can do.
The larger focus in Columbus may be on the ongoing story revolving around head coach Urban Meyer, but the Buckeyes still have work to do in camp at Ohio State. On Friday, interim head coach Ryan Day released a full rundown of each position group to update the media and fans on the current status of the team, with no mention of Meyer or the investigation expected to come to a close in the coming days.
Day shared his detailed practice update on Twitter.
If nothing else, Day’s first chance addressing the current status of the Buckeyes is a reminder that no matter what is happening off the field, there is still work to be done by the coaching staff and players as the new college football season quickly approaches. Meyer may not be able to have contact with the team, but Day’s job is to continue having the program move forward for as long as necessary. In the meantime, Ohio State has shut off media access to the program, including coaches and players, with the exception of brief glimpses at practices as training camp has been going on. Ohio State will allow more availability to watch practices this weekend as Ohio State brings training camp to a close for the summer. Regular practice schedules are scheduled to begin next week as Ohio State opens classes for the fall semester.
Day was named the interim head coach at Ohio State at the time Meyer was placed on administrative leave. Meyer remains out of action while the university conducts an investigation into the allegations connected to him from a report related to former wide receivers coach Zach Smith. Smith reportedly spent hours interviewing with officials leading the Ohio State investigation earlier this week. Day has admitted to leaving Meyer in the dark regarding a previous OVI but has sided with Meyer in acknowledging that athletics director Gene Smith was aware of the allegations of domestic abuse connected to Smith that ignited much of this current situation.
With Ohio State’s 14-day timeline for this investigation coming near the expiration date, we may find out much more about the immediate future of Ohio State football and Meyer fairly soon.
After Ohio State placed head coach Urban Meyer on administrative leave, the program announced it was shutting off all media access to coaches and players until further notice as summer camp opened up. On Tuesday, access for cameras will be granted, but there will still be no interviews allowed.
Ohio State announced on Monday it will allow members of the media to observe a portion of camp practice scheduled for Tuesday.
“We are unable to comment on the details of the investigation into Coach Meyer being directed by the independent working group of the Board of Trustees,” a statement from the university’s athletics department said. “The university is committed to supporting our student-athletes as they prepare for the upcoming semester.
Ohio State announced Sunday night the investigation into Meyer and the entire case regarding the awareness of domestic abuse allegations against former wide receivers coach Zach Smith is expected to wrap up in 14 days, and a decision by the university president will be made following a consultation with the Board of Regents. In the meantime, Ryan Day is serving as the interim head coach of the Buckeyes as summer camp practices continue.
Boston College head coach Steve Addazio must find a new offensive coordinator as National Signing Day approaches.
After three stints in Chestnut Hill, the Philadelphia Eagles announced former Boston College offensive coordinator Ryan Day will serve as their new quarterbacks coach.
Day served as Boston College’s offensive coordinator during the last two seasons, its wide receivers coach from 2007-11 and a graduate assistant for the 2003-04 seasons.
During his time between those stops, Day squeezed in two stops at Temple, a short stay at Florida under Urban Meyer and even began his coaching career as tight ends coach for Chip Kelly at New Hampshire in 2002.
Day’s experience with Kelly goes beyond a single season as an assistant coach, though. The current coach used to be a record-setting quarterback under Kelly at New Hampshire. He’ll now replace Bill Musgrave as Kelly’s quarterbacks coach in Philadelphia.
Last season, Boston College finished as the nation’s 14th-best rushing attack. In 2013, Eagles running back Andre Williams was a finalist for the Heisman Trophy. Whoever steps into Day’s shoes will likely have a strong pedigree in running the football.
Wide receivers coach Todd Fitch previously served as the team’s passing game coordinator alongside Day. He was as an offensive coordinator during previous stops at South Florida and East Carolina. If Addazio decides to promote from within, Fitch is the most likely candidate to replace Day.
(Photo courtesy of Boston College’s athletic department)