Ohio State assistant coaches are in high demand right now. Co-DC Greg Schiano has been tied to both the Oregon position (since filled) and the USF position. Co-DC Luke Fickell has been heavily linked to the Cincinnati head coaching job, and it’s entirely possible he takes Mr. Cincinnati himself, Kerry Coombs, with him, a scenario that I think could put Ohio State in a tough spot.
But it is entirely possible they aren’t the only Ohio State coaches who could get promotions this cycle.
According to a recent tweet from Tim May at the Columbus Dispatch, Ohio State offensive coordinator Ed Warinner could also be headed elsewhere.
While waiting to hear what happens at UC vis a vis Luke Fickell, keep hearing Ohio State OC Ed Warinner could be in serious mix at WKU.— Tim May (@TIM_MAYsports) December 9, 2016
Western Kentucky is open after Jeff Brohm left to become the new head coach at Purdue.
This wouldn’t be the first time Warinner has been linked to other coaching positions, as he was tied earlier in his Ohio State career to openings at Army and Kansas, where he had coached previously.
Warinner has experience all over the country, but especially in the midwest, where he’s coached at Kansas, Illinois, Notre Dame and Michigan State, along with stints at Army and the Air Force academy.
Ohio State’s offense has been a bit up and down since Warinner formally replaced Tom Herman, but his reputation working with offensive linemen and developing passing games, last few years not withstanding, is still excellent. He could be a good fit for Western Kentucky. Plus, let’s not forget, Ed Warinner is from Kentucky.
WKU has propelled several coach careers in past few decades. Plus, Warinner is from KY. His dad played for Bear Bryant at UK way back when.— Tim May (@TIM_MAYsports) December 9, 2016
Even though Urban Meyer has a great reputation for hiring assistant coaches, and even though plenty of great names will be interested in any opening at Ohio State, replacing multiple coordinators in one offseason might be tough.