Amid the head coaching carousel that has transpired over the past few months in the world of college football, Ohio State can at least feel assured that Ryan Day will not be leaving the program anytime soon.

Over the 2021 regular season, Day was often in the rumor mill regarding a potential move to the NFL. For one, Day’s agent, Trace Armstrong, was linked with the Chicago Bears in December for a management position. While there was speculation regarding Day being part of a “package” deal, the Buckeyes head coach later shut down such talk by noting during a press conference in December that “there’s no truth to it.”

In speaking to the Big Ten Network on national signing day, the fourth-year Ohio State head coach was asked about these such rumors regarding a possible move to the NFL. For now, Day is simply focused on the Buckeyes.

“In this profession, in this world right now, if you’re not winning, they’re going to talk about replacing you,” Day said. “If you do well, they’re going to talk about maybe you going somewhere else.

“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.”

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Day is currently under contract with Ohio State until the 2026 season, as he signed off on a three-year extension deal in 2020. He is set to earn $7.6 million in the 2022 campaign.

Unlike other conferences, the Big Ten did not see any notable coaching changes in the past months. The likes of Michigan State head coach Mel Tucker agreed to a multiyear extension deal during the season, while Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh is returning to the Wolverines for the 2022 campaign despite having interviewed with the Minnesota Vikings for their head coaching vacancy.

Overall, Day’s Buckeyes finished the 2021 campaign with a notable 11-2 record, which included a win over Pac-12 champions Utah in the 2022 Rose Bowl Game.