While Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer is on administrative leave, offensive coordinator Ryan Day will take the reins of the school’s football program.
Day, 39, was hired by Ohio State last season after two years as a quarterbacks coach in the NFL — following his mentor Chip Kelly from Philadelphia (2015) to San Francisco (2016).
His ties to Meyer go back to 2005, when he was a graduate assistant at the University of Florida.
Before beginning his coaching career, the Manchester, N.H., native played quarterback for the University of New Hampshire from 1998 to 2001.
He’ll likely continue his role with the Buckeyes as chief play-caller while he also assumes the job of interim head coach.
However, Day has never been a head coach at any level and may not have been the most likely member of the coaching staff to take over for Meyer. Associate head coach and defensive coordinator Greg Schiano has considerably more experience.
Schiano was the head coach at Rutgers for 11 seasons before moving to the NFL’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2012-13.
Schiano also makes considerably more in salary. OSU assistants were all given raises for the 2018 season, according to a school news release. Schiano will be paid $1.5 million; Day will make $1 million.
With a salary of $7.8 million for 2018, Meyer is college football’s second highest-paid coach. Alabama’s Nick Saban is first. Meyer has been put on temporary leave with pay while the university investigates allegations he was aware of multiple instances of domestic abuse involving former assistant coach Zach Smith.