COLUMBUS (WCMH) — Ohio State Football Head Coach Ryan Day says he allowed himself to have a pity party Tuesday night, but then came to work today ready to find solutions to an unprecedented problem.
At this point, the Buckeyes will not play football this fall.
Coach Day talked with reporters Wednesday after one of the must tumultuous days in Ohio State Athletics history. He says he is trying to solve a number of potential problems the program will now face.
One of those challenged will be managing the roster. There are 26 seniors or graduate seniors on the team, plus a number of juniors who will be draft eligible in the spring. That includes players like Justin Fields, Wyatt Davis and Shaun Wade.
If OSU does manage to play a spring season, how can Day keep this players around instead of going elsewhere to train for the NFL Draft? Day says it’s up to OSU to present an organized plan and do it quickly.
“I think Justin wants to see what the schedule is. I think it’s our job and we owe it to these guys to make sure that we put the schedule in the plan quickly here, so someone like Justin can quickly plan on us next year his next few months,” said Day. “I think we need to start this at least the first week in January and that will allow players like just in the opportunity to play in the season and then also get himself ready for the draft but I think we need to get on this right now and get those guys some answers .”
Day says he would support an 8-game spring season, starting the first week of January. That way, the team could fit two seasons into one calendar year and allow for seniors and NFL hopefuls a chance to prepare for the NFL Draft while playing their college season.
According to Day, there has been no direction from the Big Ten on what they can actually do right now. They plan to give players off until September, but all facilities will remain available.