Prior to this offseason, no Ohio State assistant coach had left for a lateral (or lesser) move under Urban Meyer. Now, two have.
After former Ohio State QB coach Tim Beck left to take the OC position at Texas under former Ohio State assistant Tom Herman, another Buckeye staffer will be headed elsewhere. Ohio State offensive coordinator Ed Warinner will become the offensive line coach at Minnesota, under P.J. Fleck, per Pete Thamel of Sports Illustrated.
Warinner had been at Ohio State since 2012, coaching the offensive line, and then was promoted to OC and playcaller after the 2014 season. Prior to coaching at Ohio State, Warinner had worked at Notre Dame, Kansas, Illinois, the Air Force Academy, and Army.
Warinner could be a great fit at Minnesota, where he has extensive recruiting ties to the midwest, and has done a good job developing offensive linemen. But his offenses at Ohio State had stagnated over the last two seasons, and change was clearly needed.
This departure paves the way for former Indiana head coach Kevin Wilson, who is expected to officially become Ohio State’s new offensive coordinator shortly.
As of now, Ohio State has a full coaching staff, but legislation may pass this April that will allow the Buckeyes to hire a 10th assistant coach.
Best of luck to Coach Warinner in his new job.