Ohio State has lost two straight games to its archrival: the Michigan Wolverines. Ryan Day has been in charge of those games, prompting some Buckeyes fans to call for the head coach’s firing.

College football broadcaster and former Ohio State quarterback Kirk Herbstreit did not take kindly to the idea of ​​Day being removed from his position.

In a recent interview with the Toledo Blade, the ESPN analyst and proud Ohio State alumnus called out fans who think firing head coach Day is a good idea.


ESPN College Gameday host Kirk Herbstreit listens to the conversation before a college football game between the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and the Wisconsin Badgers on September 25, 2021 at Solider Field in Chicago. (Dan Sanger/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

«Members of the 15 percent get mad at anything,» Herbstreit said. «That percentage is going to be mad at something forever. [Day] I could win the Michigan game, go to the playoffs, and lose, and they’d be mad about it. That bunch is just a bunch of idiots embarrassing all of us as Ohio State fans. So honestly, I don’t care what that group thinks.»

Day has compiled a 45-6 record since taking over as head coach at Columbus. The Buckeyes have qualified for the College Football Playoffs three times under Day.

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Brian Hartline of the Ohio State Buckeyes watches the Northwestern Wildcats during the second half at Ryan Field on November 5, 2022 in Evanston, Illinois. (Michael Reaves/Getty Images)

But, Day’s resume took a significant hit after OSU suffered those back-to-back losses at the hands of the Wolverines. A heartbreaking one-point loss to the Georgia Bulldogs in the semifinals last season only added to the discontent of Buckeyes fans.

Herbstreit along with former Buckeyes coach Jim Tressel were in town for a celebrity dinner. Tressel also endorsed Day, saying that «Ryan has done a great job.»

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The Ohio State University logo on top of Ohio Stadium. (Stephen Zenner/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)

Herbstreit added that it was «funny» that Day’s employment status was even discussed.

«The people who matter, the logical people who really have brains and understand the sport, love what Ryan Day has done. The fact that this is an issue is almost comical,» he said.


Herbstreit has something of a reputation when it comes to its dealings with the Ohio State fan base. In 2019, he went on a Twitter rant after the Buckeyes suffered a devastating loss to the Clemson Tigers in the Fiesta Bowl.