Ryan Day has no intention of leaving Ohio State for NFL coaching opportunities: 'I love this place'

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On the same day that Michigan's Jim Harbaugh had an interview for the Minnesota Vikings head coaching job, Ryan Day--who himself was rumored to be leaving Ohio State to pursue NFL opportunities, put to rest those rumors. At least for now.

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Day made an appearance on the Big Ten Network Wednesday evening to discuss National Signing Day and the new recruits that will be coming to campus next season. In the midst of that conversation, Day was asked about the talk surrounding his departure for the NFL. Day first said that the rumors are really a testament talk to the programs' winning ways because no one would be interested in him if he was losing. He then added that he and his family love Ohio State and the city of Columbus.

“In this profession, in this world right now, if you're not winning, they're going to talk about replacing you. If you do well, they're going to talk about maybe you going somewhere else,” Day said. “So there's always going to be talk like that. I love Ohio State. I love this place. My family loves it here. I tell recruits all the time, if I was to go take another job, I'd be going by myself because my family's not leaving Columbus. And that's the truth. They love it here.”

Day went on to say the Ohio State is the best place to be a head coach because of the culture, the investment from the university and the talent that comes onto campus each and every year.

“We’ve built, in the last couple years, some recruiting classes where we’re very proud of our culture, and guys like to be here. We think that we've recruited really well and we have some really good talent, so the future is extremely bright here. We’ve brought in great people, so this is the best place in the country to be the head football coach. I love it here, and that’s kind of the conversations we have (with recruits).”

In Day's third season as head coach, the Buckeyes just missed out on the College Football Playoffs after losing to Michigan in their season finale. Ohio State finished with a 11-2 record and finished No. 6 in the final AP poll.

The 42-year-old head coach was linked to the Chicago Bears job due to his connection with his agent Trace Armstrong, a former first-round pick by the Bears back in 1989. Days' experience as the quarterbacks' coach of the Philadelphia Eagles and San Francisco 49ers added even more speculation.

Day also thanked Ohio State AD Gene Smith for never questioning him on the rumors as well as the universities president Kristina Johnson and the Board of Trustees for the financial investments they’ve made into the program which include the hiring of new defensive coordinator Jim Knowles.

“I thank Gene Smith for allowing me to go get the best,” Day said Monday. “He never asked a question on it. He said just, ‘You go get whoever you think is the best defensive coordinator for Ohio State this year,’ and didn’t ask any questions in that area and allowed me to go do that. So really appreciate him, President Johnson and the board for allowing me to do that, because that’s not the case at most places.”

The Buckeyes finished NSD with the fourth-ranked class according to 247Sports.

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