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Ohio State’s Martin Jarmond hired as athletic director at Boston College

A Gene Smith assistant is on the move, and that could impact Ohio State football.

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A key Ohio State athletics administrator is on the move.

According to Sports Illustrated’s Pete Thamel, Ohio State’s Martin Jarmond has been hired for the open Boston College athletic director job.

Jarmon is fairly young for a power conference AD top gig (just 37), but has a great reputation in the college administrator community, reportedly also getting long looks from Syracuse and Mississippi State. Among his many administrative and fundraising duties at Ohio State, Jarmond also handled the scheduling for Ohio State’s football team.

On that front, it’s clear he’s done a great job. The Buckeyes have future home and homes slated with major programs like TCU, Oregon, Notre Dame and Texas, along with interesting secondary games like Cincinnati and Oregon State. The Buckeyes have scheduled at a level that not only puts them in position to compete for playoff bids, but also often creates interesting football. That’s not always easy to do, even for mega-programs like Ohio State, and there’s no guarantee that skill can be as expertly replaced.

Athletic directors, of course, also hire coaches. And given his Ohio State ties, it wouldn’t be shocking if Jarmond decided to kick the tires on some Buckeye assistants if the Eagles need to move on from Steve Addazio after this season. An obvious potential target would be Greg Schiano, who was a successful head coach at Rutgers, and has tons of recruiting ties in the Northeast and Florida.

It’s not uncommon for Ohio State to schedule games with schools where former Buckeyes work as administrators. Non-conference football games with Hawaii and Florida Atlantic weren’t coincidences, after all. Interestingly enough, Ohio State already has a home and home with Boston College on a future schedule (2023, 2024). If Jarmond goes to BC, it will be interesting to see if the Eagles and Buckeyes schedule each other in other sports, like basketball or baseball.

Assistants under Urban Meyer are in high demand because the football world realizes what a great eye for talent he has. Gene Smith has a similar reputation in the world of athletic directors, and it only makes sense that another one of his deputies gets another great opportunity.