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Football: Ryan Day brings Mike Yurcich to Ohio State coaching staff

Head coach Ryan Day speaks during the Ohio State offensive availability at the Residence Inn LA Live on Dec. 29. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo Editor

Just 24 hours after taking over as head coach with the retirement of Urban Meyer after the Rose Bowl, Ryan Day has made official his replacement at his former position on the coaching staff.

Ohio State confirmed that Mike Yurcich will join the staff as its passing game coordinator and quarterbacks coach. The 43-year-old coach has been the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Oklahoma State since 2013. He will receive a two-year contract worth $950,000 annually. 

“I am really excited to announce that Mike is joining the Ohio State staff,” Day said via a statement. “Mike is not only an Ohioan coming home, but he is also an extremely talented coach who has enjoyed success throughout his career. His Oklahoma State offenses have been among the most proficient in college football and I look forward to welcoming and introducing Mike and his family to our staff, players and community.”

In 2018, Oklahoma State held the No. 11 pass offense in the country, averaging 309.8 passing yards per game. The Cowboys, completing 59.4 percent of passes as a team, threw 33 touchdowns, third-most in the Big 12 conference, and 13 interceptions.

Yurcich is Day’s second hire as head coach after removing the interim tag of wide receivers coach Brian Hartline on Dec. 8, who led the Buckeyes to program records in receptions, passing yards and touchdowns in 2018.

Yurcich previously held the position of offensive coordinator at Shippensburg and Edinboro, and also served as a general assistant at Indiana from 2003-04.

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