Riley has been ‘nice useful resource’ for Buckeyes’ Day

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  • Adam RittenbergESPN Senior Author


    • Faculty soccer reporter.
    • Joined in 2008.
    • Graduate of Northwestern College.

CHICAGO — As Ryan Day prepares for his first season as coach of the Ohio State Buckeyes, he’s following recommendation from one other younger coach who entered an analogous scenario in 2017: Oklahoma‘s Lincoln Riley.

Day referred to as Riley “an important useful resource” throughout his preparation to succeed City Meyer with the Buckeyes, and the 2 talked on the NFL draft in April.

Riley adopted within the footsteps of Bob Stoops, who received a nationwide championship and 10 Large 12 titles with Oklahoma earlier than retiring in 2017. Meyer led Ohio State to a few Large Ten titles and a nationwide championship in 2014 — his third as a head coach — earlier than retiring in December.

“He is one of many few guys who I assumed might most likely relate to the scenario,” Day informed ESPN of Riley at Large Ten media days. “The most effective recommendation he gave me was: ‘Don’t be concerned about something by way of altering, something like that. Simply ensure you do what’s proper.’

“I assumed that was an important level as a result of lots of people ask, ‘What are you altering? What’s this? What’s that?’ If one thing works, you have to ensure you do what’s proper. That is what I’ve performed.”

In his two seasons as head coach, Riley has gone 24-Four with two Large 12 titles and two playoff appearances. He has had two Heisman Trophy-winning quarterbacks who’ve gone No. 1 within the NFL draft — Kyler Murray and Baker Mayfield. In 2017, Riley received his first highway sport in opposition to Ohio State, a group coached by Meyer with Day serving as co-offensive coordinator.

Riley stated Monday at Large 12 media days that Oklahoma and Ohio State have related expectations and stress to win. However he stated Day is supplied to deal with his new job with the Buckeyes.

“He is performed an incredible job all over the place he is been, so I absolutely anticipate he’ll go do nicely,” Riley stated. “However the straightforward reply is, you higher have success. It is the identical factor with me after I took over [for] Bob. A spot like Oklahoma or Ohio State, these locations, it isn’t the simplest factor to do, nevertheless it’s a fairly easy reply. And do it the proper method, which he’ll.

“He looks as if an important man. He actually appears unfazed by it. I did not get a way in any respect that he wasn’t prepared for it. He appeared utterly prepared, assured in it. That claims so much.”

Day additionally talked with Riley about calling offensive performs as the top coach, which he plans to do at Ohio State, in addition to time-management challenges. However sustaining continuity was a theme, as each males comply with Corridor of Fame-caliber coaches and take over championship-level groups.

“Do not simply change one thing to vary one thing, simply to say it is yours,” Day stated.

Added Riley: “I do not suppose they might have employed a man who’s going to come back in and simply revamp all over the place. It is the identical method at Oklahoma. If issues are going nicely, they don’t seem to be going to attempt to simply go rent the compete reverse of that individual. So be your self. It’s important to. They believed in you, and also you higher consider in your self.”

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