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Boise State OC interviews w/ Ohio State, will stay at BSU, per report

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Are the Buckeyes already on the hunt for the replacement for Tom Herman? According to this report, at least one potential candidate on Ohio State's list is off the board.

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A few weeks ago, we wrote a list of potential candidates that Ohio State might consider to replace Offensive Coordinator and QB coach Tom Herman, who will be leaving to become the new head coach at Houston. One of those names was Boise State OC Mike Sanford. According to Thayer Evans, Sanford did, in fact, interview with Ohio State, but will remain with the Boise State Broncos. Sanford previously turned down overtures from Vanderbilt.

On the surface, this would appear to be a surprising move, as Ohio State would be able to pay more than Boise State could, even if Sanford was only the QB coach for the Buckeyes. Ohio State is also by just about any measure a more prestigious job.

However, Sanford is a Boise State graduate, and perhaps the pull of working with his alma mater is strong. Perhaps, after having spent several years in the west, he wouldn't want to move. We predicted that Ohio State would likely promote offensive line coach Ed Warinner to offensive coordinator, and perhaps Stanford wasn't interested in being a position coach. Perhaps there's a lot more to this story than just this single tweet.

Regardless, a name that was intriguing to many Ohio State fans is now seemingly off the board. We'll see where which direction the Buckeyes go next.