No shave for this coach: Ryan Day plans on keeping his beard for now
Clinging to superstition, Ryan Day began his third full season as Ohio State’s football coach with clean-shaven cheeks.
In the days before the Buckeyes opened at Minnesota, he clipped the black beard that had sprouted on his face during preseason training camp.
Only once in his coaching career had Day maintained facial hair. It was in 2016. He was the quarterbacks coach with the San Francisco 49ers. The team was among the worst in the NFL, finishing 2-14.
But now the beard is back. Much of the scruff has come in since the Buckeyes were handed an upset loss to Oregon in their second game on Sept. 11.
With the Buckeyes on a three-game winning streak and riding a wave of momentum following last Saturday's 52-13 win at Rutgers, Day has no plans to search for a razor.
“It’s not going to change right now,” Day said. “I’m going to keep it going.”
A new tradition could be growing.
Joey Kaufman covers Ohio State football for The Columbus Dispatch. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @joeyrkaufman.