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Sport Ryan Day Named Big Ten Coach of the Year and is Somehow Ohio State's First Since 1979

02:15  04 december  2019
02:15  04 december  2019 Source:   12up.com

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Ohio State punter Drue Chrisman was named Big Ten Special Teams Player of the Week for his performance. For the remainder of the half, Ohio State would score three more touchdowns and a field goal while intercepting two more Martinez passes and forcing three Cornhuskers' punts.

That ’ s probably why in the 46- year history of the award only two Ohio State coaches have ever won Big Ten Woody Hayes won it in 1973 and 1975, while Earle Bruce won it in 1979 . It’ s hard to surpass expectations What Ryan Day is doing in his first year as Ohio State ’ s head coach is impressive

The Ohio State Buckeyes could have sputtered once Urban Meyer, one of the best coaches in the modern history of college football, resigned his post following the 2018 campaign.

a group of people in uniform: Ohio State's Ryan Day has made history after being named 2019 Big Ten Coach of the Year.© Gregory Shamus/Getty Images Ohio State's Ryan Day has made history after being named 2019 Big Ten Coach of the Year.

Instead, the team has somehow gotten even better under the leadership of Ryan Day. That leadership has earned Day a major honor in his first season in charge: Big Ten Coach of the Year.

Most fans would surely assume that Day is one of a long list of Buckeyes coaches to receive the honor for overseeing a talented team. However, he is actually the first OSU boss since Earle Bruce all the way back in 1979 to be named Big Ten Coach of the Year. Woody Hayes took home the honor back in 1973 and 1975.

And that is it, folks. Urban Meyer never did it. Jim Tressel never did it. And Day beat out some tough competition, too, in the form of Lovie Smith, Paul Chryst and P.J. Fleck.

Day has guided his team to a 12-0 record and his Buckeyes enter as overwhelming favorites in Saturday's Big Ten Championship game against Wisconsin. The first meeting between the two teams was supposed to be a showdown of two of the best teams in college football. Ohio State cruised to a 38-7 victory.

Day was not the biggest name the Buckeyes could have brought in when Meyer left. However, his internal promotion was clearly the right choice -- and promised to continue to be precisely that for years to come.

If he keeps up his current pace, Day can prevent another long drought for Ohio State coaches and the Big Ten Coach of the Year award by filling up his personal trophy case in the process.

How did Michigan fall so far behind Ohio State? It goes back to a speech at a basketball game in January 2001… .
“I can assure you that you will be proud of your young people in the classroom, in the community, and most especially in 310 days in Ann Arbor, Michigan.” – Jim Tressel, January 18, 2001 In the year 2000, the Ohio State football program was in a state of flux. In spite of very successful Read more The post How did Michigan fall so far behind Ohio State? It goes back to a speech at a basketball game in January 2001… appeared first on The Comeback.

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