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What to know about Ohio State’s Ryan Day, Urban Meyer’s successor as head coach

With Urban Meyer retiring as head coach of Ohio State after the Rose Bowl, the Buckeyes have a new man poised to take the reins of the football program in 2019: Ryan Day.

The school announced that Day, the team's offensive coordinator, will take over following the Rose Bowl on Jan. 1. 

Meyer has called the 39-year-old "elite" on multiple occasions. Day got a chance to show his head-coaching chops in a brief stint at the beginning of this season — when Meyer was put on administrative leave for three games following allegations he was aware of multiple instances of domestic abuse involving Zach Smith, his former wide receivers coach.

Ohio State's 12-1 season and spot in the Rose Bowl against Washington came with the help of Day getting the program off to a 3-0 start. The Buckeyes beat Oregon State, Rutgers and TCU before Meyer returned in late September. Ohio State outscored those opponents 169-62.

Ohio State averaged 544.8 yards per game to rank second in total offense among Bowl Subdivision schools during the regular season and was eighth in scoring with 43.5 points.

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