On Thursday, the Ohio State defense met with the media ahead of next week’s Rose Bowl, and one of the most noteworthy lines of questioning centered around Buckeye defensive coordinator Greg Schaino.
Since being named the successor to outgoing head coach Urban Meyer, the only official coaching move that Ryan Day has made has been to promote interim wide receivers coach Brian Hartline to the position full time. However, he has said that the plan is to officially address what coaches will be returning to Columbus following the bowl game.
That led to questions about whether Schiano — a long time friend of Meyer — plans to return to the Buckeyes in 2019 under the new head coach. Unsurprisingly, Schiano essentially dodged questions, and reiterated his belief that Day will be a tremendous head coach. But, he did say that he understands that it is a head coach’s prerogative to assemble a staff the way that he sees fit.
Schiano admitted that he has had discussions with Day about his status for next year, but that nothing was official as of now.
“I don’t worry about that. God’s got a plan for me and my family — as well as Ohio State and the whole institution,” Schiano said according to Lettermen Row’s Austin Ward. “I’m excited about the future of Ohio State. But we’re going to see where that all goes. After the game is when we will deal with all that stuff. I’m not overly concerned with any of it.”
Now, you can draw your own conclusions as to what this could mean for Schiano’s future with the Buckeyes, but for now, the veteran coach said that his sole focus is on getting the defense ready to play Washington next week.
The Ohio State Buckeyes will take on the Washington Huskies in the 105th Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif., on Tuesday, Jan. 1 at 5 p.m. ET. The game will be broadcast on ESPN.