Next man up, Ohio State names Ryan Day next head football coach

    Ohio State acting head coach Ryan Day watches warm-ups before the start of their NCAA college football game against Oregon State Saturday, Sept. 1, 2018, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)

    As Ohio State announced the retirement of football coach Urban Meyer, Ryan Day was named his successor.

    Day will take over as head coach on Januar 2, 2019 after the Rose Bowl. Under the terms of employment released by Ohio State, it will be a five year contract with day making $4.5 million a year. His base compensation will be $850,000 with media, apparel, and other duties making up the rest. He can also make bonuses based on cumulative team GPA, championships, and bowl game appearances.

    Day led the No. 2 offense in the country this past season. At the beginning of the season, Day was acting head coach while Meyer served a suspension for his handling of a situation involving a former coach. He led Ohio State to a 3-0 record to start the 2018 season with wins over Oregon State, Rutgers and 15th ranked TCU on the road.

    Reports surfaced earlier in the season that Day was "head coach in waiting," but the university denied them at the time.

    The Football Fever: OSU responds to Day as coach-in-waiting report

    COLUMBUS -- A report from "The Athletic" surfaced late Saturday night indicating offensive coordinator and former acting head coach Ryan Day was in negotiation to become the Buckeyes coach-in-waiting to follow Urban Meyer. Ohio State responded Sunday morning with this statement from Athletic Director Gene Smith.

    "We obviously are appreciative of Coach Day's great work, and hope he continues to be one of our offensive coordinators for a long time, but we are more than confident Coach Meyer will be our head coach for quite time some," said athletic director Gene Smith.

    That report became reality Tuesday as Ohio State shared the news of Meyer's retirement after the Rose Bowl Game.

    Day becomes head coach Jan. 2.

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