Ohio State head coach Ryan Day is receiving some high praise from SEC Network host and ESPN college football analyst Paul Finebaum. Already, Finebaum believes Day is a more complete coach than his predecessor, Urban Meyer.
Joining ESPN 850’s The Really Big Show, Finebaum talked about Ohio State being a contender for a national championship again in 2020. Day, who will be entering his second season as the full-time head coach of the Buckeyes, is a big reason why Finebaum is so high on OSU entering the season.
“I think he’s already one of the best coaches in the country,” Finebaum said. “I don’t know him well. I’ve interviewed him once or twice. But from a distance, he’s just a cool guy that really understands today’s modern player.
“I had my problems with Urban — that was well known — but I always respected him as a coach. I think Ryan Day is a more complete coach.”
Day undoubtedly had an outstanding inaugural season as the leader in Columbus. In his first season as a head coach, Day led the Buckeyes to a 13-1 record, a win over Michigan, a B1G title and an appearance in the College Football Playoff. That’s no easy task for a first-time head coach.
Still, putting Day ahead of Meyer in the coaching category might be premature. After all, Meyer did win two national championships at Florida, an additional title at Ohio State, claimed three B1G championships with the Buckeyes and was a perfect 7-0 against Michigan.
Finebaum also didn’t miss the chance to take another shot at Jim Harbaugh while talking about Meyer.
“Anybody that can humiliate Jim Harbaugh on that last Saturday in November is my friend,” Finebaum said.
Ohio State has been the betting favorite to win a fourth-straight B1G title and return to the College Football Playoff. Along with Clemson, the Buckeyes have some of the best odds to win a national championship in 2020, which would be the program’s first since winning it all in 2014.
If Day can lead Ohio State to a championship in his second year as a head coach, he’ll certainly get a little closer to Meyer’s legendary status.