The master plan went like this. Boston College athletic director Martin Jarmond--like most athletic directors--had his ready list of coaches in his desk drawer if the time came to go in a different direction from BC FB coach Steve Addazio.
The chatter around BC was that when the Eagles concluded their season with their third consecutive loss to finish another ho-hum 7-5 season, Jarmond, who had come to BC from Ohio State, was ready to look at his list and call Ohio State offensive coordinator Ryan Day.
Day was a New England kid, had worked twice at BC as an assistant to Tom O'Brien and Steve Addazio, and was ready to be a college football head coach. He also knew the BC culture as anyone. He also knew Martin Jarmond.
At one time, that would have been an easy move for BC and for Day.
But then--as it always does in college football--stuff happened.
Ohio State coach Urban Meyer was suspended for three games and Day was named as the interim coach, during which the Buckeyes posted a 3-0 record to start the 2018 season.
Meyer came back and the Buckeye offense got better and better and Day's stock streaked upward. By the end of November when Jarmond started to look around, Day was almost off the market. In the world of college football, BC was New Haven and much of college football was Broadway, including downtown Columbus, where Meyer was about to announce a poorly kept secret---he was retiring at the end of this season for a variety of issues, many involving his health.
On Tuesday it became official with a simple press release from OSU--Meyer was retiring after the Buckeyes' Rose Bowl meeting with Washington on January 1 and Ryan Day was the new coach of Ohio State, starting on January 2.
We at TMG know Ryan Day, who would have been a perfect fit at BC. We like Ryan Day but we totally understand this move, which is why he is TMG's Newsmaker of the Week.