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Just like the race to get into the playoffs is a tradition during NFL Week 17, so too are the news and rumors of the coaching carousel that also affect college football. With that, Adam Schefter brings some interesting news about two Big Ten coaches:
B1G coaching update…
Northwestern HC Pat Fitzgerald is open to taking NFL HC interviews; Ohio State HC Ryan Day is not, per sources.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 3, 2021
Both of these standpoints make sense from my perspective. Fitzgerald got to the Big Ten championship game at Northwestern this year and they actually played Ohio State tough. Add in winning their bowl game against Auburn, it was a very successful season for Northwestern that will be hard to surpass.
Ryan Day has a really great thing going at Ohio State. College football has turned into an oligopoly and the Buckeyes — along with Alabama, Clemson, and on the next tier Oklahoma, Georgia, LSU, and Notre Dame — are one of the rulers. Day, who had been rumored to be a candidate for the Jags’ opening if Urban Meyer doesn’t get it, is 41 years old and he is only going to get more coveted in the NFL as the years go by — I wrote before this season started for the Big Ten that he is the most underpaid, underrated coach in America. You can expect him to get more money from Ohio State and more acclaim with a national title performance, and his stock will be high for years to come.