After Redskins rumblings, Ryan Day doesn't want to talk about NFL: 'I love it here'
Ohio State coach Ryan Day downplayed possible interest from NFL teams when he spoke with reporters during his weekly news conference Tuesday afternoon.
“I don’t really ever want to talk about any of that stuff,” Day said. “I love it here, and this is where I want to be.”
A day earlier, the Washington Redskins fired Jay Gruden after an 0-5 start, causing the first head-coaching vacancy in the NFL this season.
Some league analysts consider Day a possible candidate in Washington, noting his experience as a quarterbacks coach for two seasons with the San Francisco 49ers and Philadelphia Eagles in 2016 and 2015, and teams hired a wave of offensive-minded coaches last offseason.
Former Ohio State quarterback Dwayne Haskins Jr. is also a rookie for the Redskins, picked by them in the first round of the draft in April. Haskins set a variety of Big Ten passing records under Day’s tutelage last season. It was his sole season as a starter in college.
Day said he had not been contacted by Washington.
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In his first full season as the Buckeyes’ coach, Day has led them to a 6-0 start and a top-five ranking in the national polls. Following a 34-10 win over Michigan State on Saturday, they rose to third in the Associated Press poll.
Day also oversaw a 3-0 start last season as the acting head coach, filling in when Urban Meyer suspended.
He added that he hoped to lead Ohio State's program for the “next five, 10, or hopefully, 20 years.”
Day brought up his family when asked about his interest in remaining in Columbus. Between 2015 and 2017, he moved three times for three jobs, ultimately landing on Meyer’s staff as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach.
“That's the thing that I don't know if people realize,” Day said. “You have to move your family — we have a young family. When you're moving them all over the place, it is the worst thing to go home to your family and tell them we've got to move again; they've got to be the new kid again and your wife has to figure out a new set of friends again. It's just not good.”
Day grew up in Manchester, New Hampshire, as did his wife, Christina. They had a far less transient childhood and hoped to forge for a similar experience for their children.
They had enough moving around, an issue they discussed as he settled in at Ohio State.
“I said never again,” Day said. “I don't want to do it anymore. She said the same thing. That was the decision that we made.”