On Tuesday afternoon, Urban Meyer officially stepped down as Ohio State’s head football coach and Ryan Day was introduced as the successor moving forward.
Both Meyer and Day had opportunities to speak at the Ohio State press conference, as well as athletic director Gene Smith. When Day took the podium, he couldn’t help credit Meyer for the opportunity to take over one of the most prestigious programs in the country.
Day complimented Meyer, calling it an honor to serve as a head coach at the same university as one of the great coaches in college football. He also said that the impact he, and his wife Shelley, had on the school and the community will not be forgotten.
“Your legacy will live on here forever,” Day said in his opening statement. The offensive coordinator also had to get in one last jab at his old boss, saying “You can now sit in the box and yell at us for either going for it or not going for it on fourth down.”
This will be the first head coaching job for Day, though he has 17 years of coaching experience under his belt. He did serve as the interim head coach during Meyer’s suspension, going 3-0 during that time.
Day made it clear he wouldn’t be in this position if not for Meyer and he showed his true appreciation during the press conference.
“I want to thank Urban Meyer and Shelley,” Day said. “I can’t put words into what you’ve done for me and my family. I’ll forever be in debt to you.”