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Urban Meyer adds OC from Iowa State

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Looks like we know who the first member of Urban Meyer‘s staff at Ohio State will be — at least officially.

Ohio State confirmed to the Associated Press Friday that Iowa State offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach Tom Herman will join the Buckeyes in the same role. Herman will stay with the Cyclones through their Pinstripe Bowl against Rutgers.

β€œTo work with and for Coach Meyer is an exciting opportunity for me,” Herman said in a release. β€œI am really looking forward to working with him and learning about his offensive systems. And to be able to coach with him at The Ohio State University is simply a dream come true.”

Herman has been with Iowa State for the past three years under Paul Rhoads. Prior to his time in Ames, Herman was the OC/QB coach at Rice.

“We wish Tom and his family all the best,” Rhoads said in his own statement. “Tom has made significant contributions as our offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. We appreciate the work he has done developing all our quarterbacks.”

It’s important to note that Ohio State has sought, and received, a special waiver from the NCAA that allows it to have two coaching staffs at the same time. Interim coach Luke Fickell and his group will still prepare for and coach the Gator Bowl against Meyer’s old team, Florida, while Meyer and any new coaches will focus exclusively on recruiting.

Pretty sweet deal.

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12 Responses to “Urban Meyer adds OC from Iowa State”
  1. rendadoll says: Dec 9, 2011 1:42 PM

    A special dispensation, good ole NCAA.

  2. rendadoll says: Dec 9, 2011 2:03 PM

    Hater’s dislike all you want to, but for the NCAA to give them permission to have two head Coaches at the same time was a good thing by the NCAA… So dislike away on my first comment. I was giving props to the NCAA for doing that for the University, and the Internet TROLLS are alive and well with the thumbs down… LOL….

    rendadoll says: Dec 9, 2011 1:42 PM

    A special dispensation, good ole NCAA.

  3. blitz4848 says: Dec 9, 2011 2:04 PM

    NOT “special” ….. JUST the logical thing to do!

    Recruits want to talk to the “incoming coaches”
    NOT the outgoing ones……

  4. soflatrojan says: Dec 9, 2011 2:28 PM

    If they gave all the other new coaches the same deal than I guess fair is fair.

  5. klownboy says: Dec 9, 2011 2:47 PM

    Meyer will be good for Ohio State in the short-term. Long-term, not so much…

  6. xenocide78 says: Dec 9, 2011 2:48 PM

    Yeah most people don’t realize that most teams that are looking for new head coaches are not even bowl eligible.

    Those that are bowl eligible and looking for new head coaches outside of OSU have yet to announce one so they aren’t in the same position.

    This isn’t an uncommon thing for the NCAA to do.

  7. dkhhuey says: Dec 9, 2011 3:10 PM

    Big weekend for OSU recruiting as well with several big time players coming in for their official visit. I love the fact that Urban does not have to spend one iota of his attention on the Gator Bowl prep and can focus strictly on building a coaching staff and securing some more players!

  8. kdbroom says: Dec 9, 2011 3:16 PM

    It’s a bad move for the NCAA to grant them the extra coaches. Instead of having one set of coaches split between coaching and recruiting, they’ll now have a full set to devote to each (once Meyer finishes his staff).

    I don’t have a dog in this fight (not an OSU fan, or Mich fan, or any other Big Ten school). Bad decision NCAA.

  9. clonefan says: Dec 9, 2011 3:54 PM

    Congrats and good luck to Tom Herman. ISU has spread a lot of coaching talent around throughout the years…

    Seems a little unfair to have one staff foe recruiting and one for coaching?

    Does anyone one know when the other NCAA shoe is going to fall with the penalties for the last coaches sins?

  10. supremeomega says: Dec 9, 2011 5:57 PM

    Guess what? Urb’s gonna win a title or two at OSU also! And when he divas out and quits…they will get whoever the best coach available is. Because it is The Ohio State Univ. bow down!

  11. jc215 says: Dec 9, 2011 6:37 PM

    Ben Kercheval, this is a very old story.

    “Pretty sweet deal.”

    One writer who wrote his story when it was news pointed out the same thing was done for Michigan. RichRod hired coaches and recruted players while Lloyd Carr and his staff coached the team to a bowl win over Florida.


  12. Ben Kercheval says: Dec 9, 2011 7:13 PM


    Very old story? You mean the same very old story that other major media outlets are confirming today? Rumors are one thing, confirmation is another.

    And, yes, it’s not uncommon for the NCAA to grant this type of waiver for two coaching staffs.

    Anything else, Sherlock?

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