Urban Meyer announced his retirement from Ohio State on Tuesday, and the Buckeyes embraced the Oklahoma model to carry on as a college football juggernaut.
Go young, promote from within and don’t look back.
What OU did with Bud Wilkinson replacing Jim Tatum, and Chuck Fairbanks replacing Jim Mackenzie, and Barry Switzer replacing Fairbanks, and Lincoln Riley replacing Bob Stoops, Ohio State did with Ryan Day replacing Meyer.
Day, like Riley, is in his 30s. Day is 39 and Riley was 33 when named to succeed Stoops in June 2017.
Day, like Riley at OU, had completed two seasons as quarterback coach, though Day was not in charge of the Buckeye offense (Kevin Wilson is). At OU, the offense was all Riley’s baby.
Day, like Riley at OU, had no real connection to Ohio State. He was a quarterback (for Chip Kelly) at New Hampshire and coached at his alma mater, Boston College, Florida (as a graduate assistant for Meyer), Temple, the Philadelphia Eagles and the San Francisco 49ers before coming to Ohio State in 2017. Riley, of course, was a Texas Tech and East Carolina man before coming to Norman.
Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith on Tuesday said he knew Day would be his next coach “a couple of weeks ago … for the last month, Urban and I every Sunday, we began to talk about potential transition. Our program does not need disruption.”
That’s true. Ohio State is 85-9 since hiring Meyer before the 2012 season.