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Reporter shoots down Ryan Day to Eagles rumor

Ryan Day

A reporter shot down a rumor about Ryan Day possibly being a head coach candidate for the Philadelphia Eagles.

On Wednesday, NBC Sports Philadelphia’s John Clark reported that Day would be a name to keep an eye on for the Eagles job.

Day just completed his second full season as Ohio State’s head coach and has gone 23-2.

FOX Sports’ Bruce Feldman says that the rumor is “not true.”

Day was also mentioned as a possible name to watch for the Jacksonville Jaguars. However, a subsequent report said Day was not interested in any NFL jobs.

That’s probably a good idea. Day has been able to take over for Urban Meyer, who handed him the keys to a luxury sports car. The 41-year-old still has a lot to master in college before thinking about the NFL.

Ryan Day not interested in coaching in NFL

Ryan Day

Ryan Day is already considered by some to be an NFL head coaching candidate despite his limited experience, but it does not sound like the Ohio State head coach has plans to leave Columbus anytime soon.

Day is not open to interviewing for NFL head coaching jobs, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports.

Day’s name was mentioned this weekend in connection with the Jacksonville Jaguars job. The Jags have shown interest in former Ohio State coach Urban Meyer, and Meyer is rumored to be close to taking the job. The Jaguars are also reportedly interested in Day, who replaced Meyer at Ohio State, if they can’t land Meyer.

That apparently won’t matter, which is not a huge surprise. Day landed one of the most coveted jobs in college football when Meyer stepped down. The Buckeyes are coming off a huge upset win over Clemson and will face Alabama in the national title game. Day, who is just 41, will have plenty of opportunities to interview for NFL jobs in the future if his success at Ohio State continues.

Urban Meyer expects to be next Jaguars head coach?

Urban Meyer

The Jacksonville Jaguars have not fired Doug Marrone as their head coach, but they are already considering some replacements, according to a report.

NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport reported on Saturday that the Jags have shown interest in Urban Meyer for their head coaching job. Rapoport says Meyer has even been lining up a staff and telling people in the football community that he expects to get the Jaguars job. This part of the report should probably be taken as a rumor at this point.

Rapoport says that if Meyer does not end up with the Jags, the team is expected to look into Ryan Day as a possible option. Day replaced Meyer as the head coach at Ohio State.

Jacksonville has not yet fired Marrone, who is in his fourth season as the team’s head coach. Parting ways with Marrone would be contingent upon the Jags feeling confident they can find a suitable replacement.

Meyer has not coached the last two seasons. Day replaced him at Ohio State after a scandal involving one of his staff members.

Meyer reportedly turned down the Texas Longhorns, who later hired Steve Sarkisian. Despite turning down Texas, a separate report recently said Meyer had interest in the NFL.

Ryan Day suggests Clemson DC Brent Venables steals signs

Ryan Day

The matchup between the Clemson Tigers and Ohio State Buckeyes continues to get more and more interesting just based on the pregame chatter.

On Monday, Ohio State coach Ryan Day played up talk about Clemson’s defensive signal stealing while discussing defensive coordinator Brent Venables’ ability to read opposing offenses.

“He seems to always know exactly what the other team is doing. Why that is I don’t really know,” Day said, via Matt Connolly of The State. “But I can tell you he’s been doing it for a long time.”

For what it’s worth, Clemson’s reputation is no secret within the sport. The practice has been written about extensively. Opponents privately believe the Tigers devote huge amounts of time and effort to decoding signals so the defense has a better idea of what’s coming. Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly was even asked about it ahead of his team’s first matchup with Clemson in November, and he didn’t shy away from answering the question.

Still, Day bringing it up on his own is certainly unusual, and it’s hard not to see this as an escalation ahead of a hotly contested national semifinal. Add in some of Dabo Swinney’s actions lately, and this is going to be a very heated game.

Larry Johnson to coach Ohio State while Ryan Day is out with COVID-19

Ryan Day

Ryan Day has tested positive for COVID-19 and will not coach Ohio State this weekend at Illinois.

Ohio State announced on Friday that there was an increase in positive tests during testing this week and that the coach was among those who tested positive for the virus. They also said that Larry Johnson will serve as head coach for the Buckeyes’ game.

Johnson is an assistant head coach/defensive line coach for the Buckeyes. He has been with Ohio State since 2014. Before that, Johnson was a defensive backs coach at Penn State. His son, Larry Jr., was a standout running back at Penn State and later the Kansas City Chiefs.

The Buckeyes are 4-0 this season, while Illinois is 2-3.

Ryan Day upset over ‘mismanaged’ kneeldown before halftime

Ryan Day

Ohio State made what looked like a smart decision at the end of the first half of Saturday’s game against Penn State, but it resulted in three free points for the Nittany Lions. The game clock operator may have been responsible for that outcome.

Ohio State had the ball in its own territory on 4th down with just two seconds remaining in the first half. Rather than punting, head coach Ryan Day decided to have his team snap the ball so quarterback Justin Fields could burn the final two seconds off the clock before taking a knee. Fields appeared to do that, but the game clock operator was a bit slow with the start button. Here’s what happened:

If you freeze the video above, you can see that Fields’ knee was on the ground with one second remaining. He hesitated a bit before taking a knee, so it would have been almost impossible for only one second to come off the clock. Day was stunned when the officials told him the Buckeyes had turned the ball over on downs and needed to come back onto the field.

Penn State took over on downs and kicked a field goal to cut Ohio State’s lead to 21-6 going into halftime. While the Buckeyes won 38-25, Day made his feelings about the situation known after the game.

That certainly seemed like some home cooking from the clock operator at Beaver Stadium. There’s just no way the kneel down took only one second, but officials could only go by the replay that showed Fields’ knee on the ground with one second on the clock. Had Ohio State lost, the play would have been far more controversial.

Scott Frost not bothered by Ryan Day, Ohio State running up score

Scott Frost

Ohio State’s blowout win over Nebraska on Saturday could have looked less lopsided if not for a meaningless touchdown that was scored with less than a minute left, but Huskers head coach Scott Frost was not offended.

Ohio State was up 45-17 with under three minutes left and took over at the Nebraska 40. They ran the ball five straight times and got down to the two. Rather than take a knee, freshman quarterback Jack Miller III ran a ball in for the touchdown with 18 seconds left.

After the game, Ohio State head coach Ryan Day apologized for scoring and tried to offer an explanation for why the Buckeyes didn’t take a knee. Frost was asked about the apology on Monday and said the touchdown did not bother him.

Frost and Day bonded before the season over their desire to have Big Ten football amid the coronavirus pandemic. Frost went out of his way to praise Ohio State and said he will be rooting for the Buckeyes anytime they’re not playing Nebraska. Apparently the late touchdown did not change any of that.

Ryan Day apologizes to Nebraska for touchdown late in game

Ryan Day

Ryan Day apologized to Nebraska for a touchdown the Buckeyes scored late in their 52-17 win over the Cornhuskers at Ohio Stadium in Columbus on Saturday.

Nebraska and Ohio State were actually tied at 14 in the second quarter before the Buckeyes broke away. They outscored Nebraska 38-3 from that point on.

Ohio State was up 45-17 with under three minutes left and took over at the Nebraska 40. They ran the ball five straight times and got down to the two. Rather than take a knee, freshman quarterback Jack Miller III ran a ball in for the touchdown with 18 seconds left.

Day took the blame for that after the game and said he owed Nebraska coach Scott Frost an apology.

“I feel bad about that,” Day said after the game, via ESPN’s Adam Rittenberg. “I had a younger quarterback in the game, and I didn’t feel like we had the personnel to take the knee, and I probably should have done that. So I just want to publicly apologize to them, to [Nebraska coach] Scott [Frost].”

That’s a classy thing of Day to do. There’s no reason to make Nebraska feel like Ohio State needed to rub things in. Especially, remember that Nebraska and Ohio State are on good terms now.

Ohio State coach Ryan Day writes letter asking Big Ten to begin season in October

Ryan Day

The Big Ten has yet to officially reverse its decision on postponing all fall athletics, but Ohio State head coach Ryan Day is trying to put more pressure on the conference.

In an open letter on Thursday, Day wrote that he feels the Big Ten’s medical subcommittee “has done an excellent job of creating a safe pathway toward returning to play in mid-October.” The second-year head coach also questioned why other top conferences are planning to play while the Big Ten moved so quickly to postpone.

“These young men and their parents have asked so many questions that I do not have an answer to, but the one that hurts the most is, ‘Why can these other teams and players play and we can’t?'” Day wrote. “Duke is playing Notre Dame, and Clemson is playing Wake Forest this weekend. Our players want to know: why can’t they play?”

The Big Ten was the first Power 5 conference to cancel fall sports, but commissioner Kevin Warren has since met with U.S. president Donald Trump to discuss the possibility of playing. Certain states have resisted, which is why Trump recently hinted that the Big Ten may have to play without several teams.

Big Ten programs have been angry with the conference over the way the decision to cancel the fall season was made. Several top coaches and players have also made an effort to get the conference to reconsider.

Ryan Day sends awesome message of support for Justin Fields

Justin Fields

Ryan Day sent an awesome message of support for Justin Fields on Twitter Monday.

The Ohio State head coach expressed how proud he was of Fields and said he was honored to coach the quarterback.

Fields, who is entering his second year as a starting quarterback at Ohio State, launched an online movement over the weekend to try and get the Big Ten to change its mind about canceling the fall football season. As of the publishing time of this article, over 260,000 fans had signed the petition, which drew it close to its goal of 300,000 signatures.

Despite Fields’ efforts, the Big Ten is unlikely to change its mind on playing this fall. That means Fields will likely have to decide whether he wants to play college football next year or aim to play in the NFL instead. A Heisman Trophy finalist after his season last year for the Buckeyes, Fields has “unfinished business” at Ohio State.

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