Ohio State football | Ryan Day names passing game coordinator, his first major hire

Tim May
Ohio State Buckeyes offensive coordinator Ryan Day, the head coach in waiting, speaks to media during a press availability in advance of the Rose Bowl game against the Washington Huskies in Los Angeles on Dec. 29, 2018. [Adam Cairns/Dispatch]

Ohio State confirmed Wednesday night that Ryan Day’s first major hire to his coaching staff is Mike Yurcich, who has been the offensive coordinator at Oklahoma State.

Yurcich fills the void that was left by Urban Meyer’s retirement and Day’s promotion to head coach, which became effective after a 28-23 win over Washington on Tuesday in the Rose Bowl. Yurcich was hired as passing game coordinator and quarterbacks coach, roughly the same role that Day filled.

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Hired as offensive coordinator at Oklahoma State in 2013 by coach Mike Gundy, Yurcich has presided over some of the more prolific attacks, especially in the passing game, in the country. In 2017, the offense featured a 4,000-yard passer in Mason Rudolph, two 1,000-yard receivers in James Washington and Marcell Ateman and a 1,000-yard rusher in Justice Hill.

In coming to Ohio State, Yurcich not only is leaving the Cowboys but also reportedly turning down a similar offer from Tennessee.

“I am really excited to announce that Mike is joining the Ohio State staff,” Day said in a news release. “Mike is not only an Ohioan coming home, but he is also an extremely talented coach who has enjoyed success throughout his career. His Oklahoma State offenses have been among the most proficient in college football and I look forward to welcoming and introducing Mike and his family to our staff, players and community.”

Gundy hired Yurcich out of Division II Shippensburg after two seasons as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks back. He also had stops from 2005 to '10 at Edinboro and from 1999 to 2002 at Saint Francis of Indiana in various capacities. In 2003-04, he was a graduate assistant at Indiana under Gerry DiNardo.

A native of Euclid and graduate of California University of Pennsylvania, Yurcich is 43, four years older than his new boss.

According to Ohio State, Yurcich has been offered a two-year contract at $950,000 a year.


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