In an unexpected twist during Friday night’s 2023 Goodyear Cotton Bowl, the Ohio State Buckeyes not only endured a disappointing 14-3 defeat against the Missouri Tigers but also became embroiled in a controversy centered around head coach Ryan Day’s son, RJ.
The Cotton Bowl showdown between Ohio State and Missouri took a peculiar turn when video footage surfaced, purportedly capturing RJ Day, a freshman quarterback at St. Francis DeSales High School, allegedly pilfering a towel from a player on the opposing team.
The towel in question belonged to Kris Abrams-Daine, a standout defensive back for the Tigers, and the incident occurred following a play along the Buckeye sideline.
A video of the incident was shared on social media, where it was suggested that Day’s son later boasted about the towel theft.
RJ Day allegedly took to Social Media to admit he stole the towel.
Despite the challenges faced on the field and the reported off-field episode involving RJ Day, Ohio State received a notable boost with the commitment of Jeremiah Smith, the No. 1 overall recruit.
Smith’s decision to stick with the Buckeyes, despite last-minute attempts by Miami, solidifies Ohio State’s position in the top five for recruiting classes and injects much-needed momentum for the coaching staff as they approach the 2024 season.