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.
“To work with and for Coach Meyer is an exciting opportunity for me,” Herman said in a release. “I 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.