As expected, Urban Meyer is reportedly looking to his recent coaching past and old stomping grounds to fill his first Ohio State coaching staff.
According to the Columbus Dispatch, and as reported by other media outlets, Meyer wants to add at least a pair of current Florida assistants — strength & conditioning coach Mickey Marotti and wide receivers coach/recruiting coordinator Aubrey Hill. It had previously been reported that Marotti has all but taken the job — which would likely include the title of director of football operations — but there’s also a report that Marotti, who has had a relationship with Meyer dating back to their time on Earle Bruce‘s OSU staff in the late 80s, has been hesitant to pull the trigger on a move from Gainesville to Columbus.
“It’s a big decision for him,” the source said. “He and Urban are pretty close, but he likes Gainesville.”
That said, OSU-centric websites such as Buckeye Sports Bulletin have reported Marotti is all but a done deal and is expected to join Meyer in Columbus.
Hill played at Florida in the early 90s and came back to UF as a member of Will Muschamp‘s first Gators staff. Hill, who served as Muschamp’s wide receivers coach this past season, was also mentioned in the Yahoo! exposé on the Miami football program and was named as one of three assistant coaches who had direct knowledge or participated in the violation of NCAA bylaws involving the infamous Nevin Shapiro. Muschamp said in August that he 100 percent supports Hill, who had spent the three previous seasons with the Hurricanes.
In addition to Hill and Marotti, former Arizona head coach Mike Stoops acknowledged Thursday that he had spoken to Meyer about a position on his OSU staff. Stan Drayton, OSU’s wide receivers coach, is expected to be retained by Meyer.