Ryan Day has led Ohio State to the College Football Playoff back-to-back campaigns and this year managed a break though to the national championship despite serious COVID-19 protocol issues throughout the season and a paltry six game regular-season resume, (including the Big Ten championship).
Whether or not the Buckeyes should have made the final field of four in the playoff is irrelevant at this point. They were selected and they scorched 11-1 Clemson in the Sugar Bowl semi-final to reach the title game at 7-0.
The final stretch for coach Day and the Buckeyes program is to stay COVID free at the top of the depth chart and get to Miami Gardens and Hard Rock Stadium with as many healthy players as possible to face the dynastic Alabama Crimson Tide and their machine-like head coach, Nick Saban. The national championship kicks off Monday, Jan. 11 at 8 pm ET and will be broadcast in various forms across the ESPN imprint of networks.
Day discussed his roster, some individual players, and general Buckeyes news and notes with the media Thursday afternoon. A selection of his comments can be found below.
Tough scene in Knoxville.
Illinois is bringing back a four-year contributor.
Interesting hire from Paul Chryst.