NEW ORLEANS, LA – JANUARY 01: Ezekiel Elliott #15 of the Ohio State Buckeye helmet is seen on the sidelines prior to the start of the game during the All State Sugar Bowl at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 1, 2015 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)With a new regime taking over Ohio State for next season, it appears Ryan Day will have another assistant coach to replace for 2019.Ohio State already began its overhaul by parting ways with Greg Schiano at defensive coordinator. The Buckeyes showed major flaws on defense last year, which is the main reason behind these changes on the staff.Schiano won’t be the only defensive coach departing Ohio State this winter, especially considering that Day will want different assistants than Urban Meyer.Bill Davis has only been with the Buckeyes for two seasons, but he’s also spent two decades taking various assistant jobs in the NFL.There were rumors that Davis could potentially leave Columbus ahead of the upcoming season, and Tuesday, the linebackers coach announced his future intentions on Twitter. It turns out that he’ll leave Ohio State and pursue another opportunity to coach in the NFL.Here is his message to Buckeye Nation:Thank you, Buckeye Nation. pic.twitter.com/ZLIFxwV7wH— Bill Davis (@CoachBillDavis) January 8, 2019It’ll be interesting to see if the linebacker corps can improve with another leader coaching the unit. Last season was full of inconsistent play in the front seven, but that could change with better technique.Day will have ways to go before he reaches the status of Meyer, and there is no denying that he’ll have to meet championship expectations. However, it’s easy to be impressed by his recent decisions to reignite Ohio State’s defense.
TORONTO — The Match Group, the New York-based company that owns Match.com, OkCupid and Tinder, says it has purchased Vancouver-based dating website PlentyOfFish for US$575 million in cash.In a news release on its website, Match Group CEO Sam Yagan says it was attracted to PlentyOfFish’s consistent growth and it plans to integrate the Canadian company’s mobile app into its existing family of digital and online dating services.PlentyOfFish has steadily lured in people seeking everything from no-strings attached hookups to marriage since CEO and founder Markus Frind launched the company from his Vancouver apartment in 2003.Plenty of Fish founder puts focus on growthBy 2008, Frind had 15 million users, $10 million in revenue and doubled his workforce — to two.In March of this year, PlentyOfFish surpassed 100 million users and employed more than 70 people at its downtown Vancouver office.The Match Group says the deal is subject to approval from the federal industry minister and is expected to close early in the fourth quarter.“We are thrilled to be joining forces with Match,” Frind said in a statement. “My team and I have grown PlentyOfFish into one of the leaders in our category, and I am confident that Match will help accelerate our growth even further.”The Match Group offers dating products through nearly 50 brands in 40 languages around the world and says it has seven million new users per month.The Match brands and PlentyOfFish both make revenue through a combination of advertising and paid subscription options.IAC, the parent company of Match Group, owns a variety of media and Internet properties including the Princeton Review, Investopedia, Vimeo and the Daily Beast.IAC owns almost 50 tailored dating sites for anyone from pet lovers to Italians to senior citizens. Investors can buy a stake in Diller’s Match Group later this year when the company plans an initial public offering of less than 20 percent of the unit’s stock.Dating sites have attracted people with their instant messaging, photosharing and geolocation services. About 31 million Americans have used a dating site or app, according to a 2013 Pew Research Center study.The Canadian Press, with files from Reuters and Bloomberg