COLUMBUS, Ohio– Acting head coach for the Ohio State football team Ryan Day spoke to the media at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center Monday morning. The Buckeyes play Oregon State on Saturday at noon to open the season.
This briefing comes days after head coach Urban Meyer was handed a three-game suspension by the OSU board of trustees for mishandling issues with ex-assistant coach Zach Smith.
Day said he would not address the investigation because he was not involved, emphasizing that it’s been a while since fans heard about Buckeye Nation. He said the team is healthy and have a lot of depth at wide receiver.
“My goal in this thing was never to replace coach (Meyer),” Day said. “I’ve been taking it day by day, just like the players do.” Day has a lot on his plate as acting head coach, offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach, but he received a lot of support from Chip Kelly, current UCLA coach and former head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles.
Day said the team has continued building on what it started in the spring with obvious tweaks. The expectation is still to win every game, he said.
“The plan to win has never changed. The culture here and the plan to win is always going to be here,” Day said.
OSU’s two-week investigation found, “a pattern of troubling behavior by Zach Smith: promiscuous and embarrassing sexual behavior, drug abuse, truancy, dishonesty, financial irresponsibility, a possible NCAA violation, and a lengthy police investigation into allegations of criminal domestic violence and cyber crimes.”
Smith was fired last month after his ex-wife, Courtney Smith, requested a protection order.