The SEC and NFL wanted Ryan Day. He passed and is now the head coach at Ohio State.
Urban Meyer plans to step down after the Rose Bowl and hand the torch to Day, the Buckeyes' 39-year-old offensive coordinator who was acting head coach for three games this season while Meyer served a suspension. Just two years ago, Day was quarterbacks coach for Chip Kelly and the San Francisco 49ers. It didn't take long for him to become one of the most sought-after coaches in football.
“Coach Day had an opportunity to potentially be a head coach in the SEC but decided to stay at Ohio State,” Meyer said in December.
Not long after, we learned that opportunity was Mississippi State, who lost Dan Mullen to Florida and targeted Day as his replacement, according to Bruce Feldman. The Bulldogs then hired Penn State offensive coordinator Joe Moorhead.
In January, Day was offered the Tennessee Titans' offensive coordinator job, according to Adam Schefter, by new head coach Mike Vrable, a former Ohio State linebacker.
It remains unclear if Day passed on those positions because he knew the Ohio State job would be opening soon.