The long-awaited Horned Frogs matchup with Ohio State University is next up. Buckeyes Head Coach, Urban Meyer, will be serving the last game of his three-game suspension. The Buckeyes will surely miss their three-time national championship head coach. Of course, the College Football Playoff committee may take that into account if the Frogs are able to upset the Buckeyes this weekend. Let’s take a look at the Buckeye coaching staff that will be calling the shots at Jerry World.
Acting Head Coach – Ryan Day
Ryan Day is the co-offensive coordinator, quarterbacks coach, primary play-caller, and acting head coach. This is his second year with the Buckeyes. He is the second highest paid assistant on Meyer’s staff, making a little over a million dollars a year. Day was a quarterback for the New Hampshire Wildcats from 1998-2001. His coaching career began in 2002. Most notable coaching gigs prior to Ohio State are Temple University offensive coordinator, Boston College offensive coordinator, Philadelphia Eagles quarterbacks coach, and San Francisco 49ers quarterbacks coach. Day comes from the Chip Kelly and Urban Meyer coaching tree. He recently turned down the offensive coordinator job, with the Tennessee Titans, and the head coaching job, at Mississippi State, to remain in Columbus with Urban Meyer.
Associate Head Coach/Defensive Coordinator – Greg Schiano
Schiano is the highest paid assistant on Meyers staff with an annual salary of 1.5 million dollars. He is no stranger to being a head coach himself serving as the head ball coach at Rutgers University from 2001-2011 and in the National Football League, with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, from 2012-2013. He has a long coaching career that spans back to 1988 and includes several awards including; Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year, Home Depot Coach of the Year, Walter Camp Coach of the Year, Big East Coach of the Year, and more. He has a head coaching record of 68-67 in college and 11-21 in the NFL. Schiano was reported to be named the Tennessee Volunteers head coach in 2017, but due to fan disapproval, the University backed out of the deal. In 2018, he was offered the defensive coordinator job, with the New England Patriots, by five-time Super Bowl winning head coach Bill Belichick. He turned it down to stay on Meyer’s staff.
Co-offensive Coordinator/Tight Ends Coach – Kevin Wilson
Kevin Wilson was the head coach of the Indiana Hoosiers from 2011 to 2016 where he had a 26-47 record. He resigned under allegations that he mistreated players, rushed players back from injuries, and intimidated trainers. Prior to that, he was the offensive coordinator at the University of Oklahoma from 2002-2010. Wilson is known as a passing game guru.
Special Teams Coordinator/Cornerbacks Coach – Taver Johnson
Johnson was an NCAA Division 3 star player, at Wittenberg University, from 1990-1993. His coaching career tracks back to 1994. His most notable stops include being the special teams coordinator of the Cleveland Browns and defensive coordinator at Miami of Ohio University and Temple University.
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