Ohio State Coach Ryan Day Catching Serious Heat For Putting Down Players Who Opted Out

Ryan Day Catching Heat For Putting Down Buckeyes Players Who Opted Out

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Ohio State head coach Ryan Day has heard some of the criticisms of Justin Fields, the quarterback who led the Buckeyes to an impressive 20-2 record, and he’s firing back in a show of support.

Last week, ESPN analyst Dan Orlovsky said he had heard that NFL teams were skittish on drafting Fields because they aren’t confident in his work ethic, calling him a “last-guy-in, first-guy-out type of quarterback.”

Related: Dan Orlovsky Shares His ‘Regrets’ With Justin Fields Comments

On Saturday, Day spoke with NBC’s Peter King, and tried to quell any of those concerns.

“The whole idea that he doesn’t have a very good work ethic?” Day told King. “I mean, to me, that’s crazy. He got done with the Clemson game [the loss in the college football playoffs in the 2019 season] and he came back and all he did was work to get back to that game. And when those other guys are opting out, what’s he do? He petitions to have a season. He put together this petition that the Big Ten athletes all signed saying that they want to play, but they want to play safely and that they don’t accept canceling the season. It was all led by Justin Fields.”

Day should have just stopped there. But he didn’t.

“Where was everybody else? Where were the guys who were opting out then? You know, you don’t love the game if you’re doing something like that. This kid loves the game.”

So, according to Day, Buckeyes players who opted out of the season because of a ongoing GLOBAL PANDEMIC don’t love the game?

In his interview with King, Day also said, “I think some people are being a little reckless with their comments.”

Et tu, Mr. Day?

Needless to say, that statement isn’t going over very well with many college football fans.

Definitely not a great look for Coach Day.