COLUMBUS, Ohio — Kevin Wilson appreciates the concern, but the Ohio State offensive coordinator is really doing just fine.
Some titles may have shifted around this offseason on the coaching staff for the Buckeyes, sure. But Wilson views his job as unchanged. He’s sitting in the same chair in the meeting room. And while he proudly admits that he’s got an ego after years of success in his profession, he swears it isn’t bruised just because Ryan Day got a hefty raise and is now listed as an offensive coordinator right alongside him.
Just about the only tricky part of the last couple of months for Wilson was having to explain to his daughter that there was no reason to be worried about him.
“Well, my daughter called and thought I got fired,” Wilson said after practice on Wednesday. “And I was like, ‘Hey, no, no.’ Seriously, she had a panic attack for a second. But we’re good.”
So that’s for the record, just in case there was any concern that Wilson was feeling alienated or offended or perhaps somehow now unwilling to get along with Day as Ohio State looks to take another step forward offensively this offseason.
The Buckeyes don’t necessarily have all the details nailed down for how game-day responsibilities will be handled among a group of offensive coaches that collectively remains unchanged from last season. But the chemistry for every other day of the week appears to still be positive for assistants coming off a season where they produced the Big Ten’s most explosive scoring attack on the way to a conference championship and a victory in the Cotton Bowl to cap the year.
And Wilson is as willing and able as he’s ever been to improving on that this season, no matter what job description he or anybody else has listed in the program.
“There’s always been too many titles,” Wilson said. “You know, I worked at a lot of places where we could never give anybody pay raises, so we always gave a title to make it look better. At the end, it’s about how you work as a group, it’s kind of how we’ve always done it offensively, whether it be here last year or previously at every stop I’ve been. Coach [Urban] Meyer is always a big part of what we do offensively.
“Quite honestly, we have a lot of voices that have to become solidarity with one voice as we walk out of the room. … You’ve got to check the egos, and there ain’t no titles, but it’s everybody working together for the common good at a great place to try to win a game and try to win a championship and maybe be good enough to try to get them all.”
The Buckeyes undoubtedly have that sort of potential after coming so close to earning a spot in the College Football Playoff last season. And Wilson is certainly going to play a significant role in helping Ohio State get back to that level this season, even if some of the spotlight this time around might shift to Day after he was pursued for some high-profile gigs before ultimately signing a new deal that also required ordering updated business cards.
Ohio State has plenty to sort out this spring in order to set themselves up for another season in the fall, starting with finding the next quarterback and tailoring the offense to the strengths of a rocket-armed passer like Dwayne Haskins or dual-threats like Joe Burrow or Tate Martell. But there’s no competition going on behind closed doors between the coaches, and everybody is fully on board with the makeup of Meyer’s staff heading into his seventh season with the program.
“They’re the same role,” Meyer said. “The exact mechanisms that take place on game day, we’re still working through it. But as far as what we’re doing, there is zero change.
“[Day] was a coordinator last year. So the whole thing was I think I took the title co-coordinator off of him. Because I saw the way that both of them work very well together.
“[Is there] a hierarchy or something? Maybe. That’s for me to know. But within the staff, it’s very clear with the people that need to know.”
By now, all the family members have been looped in and the Buckeyes are ready to move on, focusing on what’s happening on the field instead of the coaching carousel.
And, thanks again, but Wilson has no reason to complain about the same, familiar chair for another year at Ohio State.