Dumpster fire: Social media reacts to Ryan Day hammering Big Ten
The Big Ten remains a B1G mess. Nearing one month to the day the conference decided to call off the fall sports season, Ohio State coach Ryan Day is calling out Big Ten leadership demanding an answer why they cannot play football.
Day’s statement was shared via press release and posted on his Twitter account:
“While I understand the Big Ten Conference’s decision to postpone the football season because of health and safety considerations, the communication of information from the Big Ten following the decision has been disappointing and often unclear,” Day said in the prepared statement.
“However, we still have an opportunity to give our young men what they have worked so hard for: a chance to safely compete for a national championship this fall. I couldn’t possibly be prouder of how this team, our medical personnel, athletic director and president have stayed together and managed through this extremely difficult time with so many unanswered questions. The Big Ten medical subcommittee has done an excellent job of creating a safe pathway toward returning to play in mid-October.
“These young men and their parents have asked so many questions that I do not have an answer to, but the one that hurts the most is, ‘Why can these other teams and players play and we can’t?'” Day said. “Duke is playing Notre Dame, and Clemson is playing Wake Forest this weekend. Our players want to know: Why can’t they play?”
College football media members and fans were quick to react to Day lobbing shots at B1G leadership on Twitter:
Either Ryan Day can’t get the B10 commissioner on the phone for a clear conversation or he’s grandstanding here. Either play or don’t play … but don’t do whatever the league has done. What a PR disaster. https://t.co/pTjXMrebJk
— Dan Wetzel (@DanWetzel) September 10, 2020
Just to reiterate:
1. The NFL is playing in Ohio
2. High school is playing in Ohio
3. Notre Dame and Iowa State are playing in the Big Ten footprint
But some media claim Ryan Day is only speaking out because his team has a chance to win a national championship?
You kidding me?
— Aaron Torres (@Aaron_Torres) September 10, 2020
Nothing to see here, just the coach of the Big Ten's most prominent program taking a blowtorch to his own conference. https://t.co/ydvO1K6hOI
— Stewart Mandel (@slmandel) September 10, 2020
Ryan Day statement poses the question that is the crux of the Big Ten frustration:
Why can't they play?
They. Need. Answers. https://t.co/icEPWq2Wh5
— Marty Smith (@MartySmithESPN) September 10, 2020
This comes exactly one month after Scott Frost’s pointed comments ahead of the Big Ten presidents’ vote. The pressure today on Kevin Warren and the league is at a new high. How long can the Big Ten withhold answers? https://t.co/1ZUEb4AW9i
— Mitch Sherman (@mitchsherman) September 10, 2020
The Big Ten vs Ohio State: pic.twitter.com/GsRlPP54WH
— Andrew Lind (@AndrewMLind) September 10, 2020
All the Big Ten had to do was say “We’re not playing a Big Ten schedule or crowning a Big Ten champion, but our members are free to make whatever schedule they wish if they choose to do so."
— Kevin McGuire (@KevinOnCFB) September 10, 2020
Unpopular opinion: teams that want to play secede from the big ten and find conferences elsewhere for the next years. There is no way the B1G could survive losing an OSU https://t.co/xLjXFshWIu
— HuskerSteve (@HuskerSteve3) September 10, 2020
Strongly agree @ryandaytime ….I'd push further and ask WHY ARE HIGH SCHOOLS playing in your state and you are not?? Why is Cincinnati playing college football less than two hours away and you are not?? https://t.co/3Mj4oJb7NG
— Danny Kanell (@dannykanell) September 10, 2020
Whatever Ryan Day's motive was to send that statement, I feel pretty confident right now in saying that he isn't helping the situation
— Dan Wolken (@DanWolken) September 10, 2020
Ohio State coach Ryan Day calls for Big Ten fall season: 'Why can't they play?'https://t.co/40SSSoeYOh
— billlandis25 (@BillLandis25) September 10, 2020
— Amanda Peterson Babb (@AmandaBabb1) September 10, 2020
Things are getting uglier for Kevin Warren and Mark Schlissel.
Ryan Day calls out Warren for his lack of communication.
— MichiganFootballHotTakes (@UMichHotTakes) September 10, 2020