Ryan Day turned down the chance to be a head coach several times, but he might not have a say in the matter this time.
After Ohio State football head coach Urban Meyer was placed on paid administrative leave following an investigation regarding his knowledge of assistant Zach Smith's domestic abuse, former offensive coordinator Day was promoted to interim head coach.
Breaking: Ohio State has placed Urban Meyer on paid administrative leave. Ryan Day will be the team's acting head coach. pic.twitter.com/I3u5eXjOtT— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) August 1, 2018
Day actually had the chance to be the head coach of other teams in recent years, but he turned down all of those offers in order to stay at OSU.
Ryan Day, #OhioState's new acting head coach while Urban Meyer goes on leave, is very well regarded in coaching circles. A Chip Kelly protege, Day turned down some opportunities at head coaching jobs to stay at OSU.— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) August 1, 2018
One of the schools that offered Day a head coaching position was Mississippi State, as reported by Sports Illustrated's Bruce Feldman. Along with receiving the utmost respect from his coaching peers, Day's experience speaks for itself.
In 2015, he worked with current head coach of the UCLA Bruins Chip Kelly while the latter was the head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles. In total, Day has 16 years of previous coaching experience, with two of those years being the quarterbacks coach in the NFL.
Day may not have seen his promotion coming, but it's nice to see his loyalty to the Buckeyes pay off in the long run.