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Urban Meyer officially completes first Ohio State staff

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Exactly nine weeks after being announced as the permanent successor to Jim Tressel, Urban Meyer has officially put the finishing touches on his inaugural Ohio State coaching staff.

Confirming reports over the past several days, the Buckeyes announced via a press release that 31-year coaching veteran Bill Sheridan has been added as a defensive assistant. While the release did not specify which position the veteran will man, it’s believed Sheridan will serve as defensive backs coach.

Sheridan had spent the past seven seasons as an assistant at the NFL level, including the last two with the Miami Dolphins.

“Bill Sheridan is a perfect fit for our program,” Meyer said. “His experiences in the NFL are huge. He has Midwest roots and, most importantly, he wants to be an Ohio State Buckeye. I am really impressed with him and I think he is going to be a terrific addition to our defensive staff as a coach, teacher and as a recruiter.”

Prior to his time in the professional ranks, Sheridan spent nearly two decades as a college coach, including stops at Maine (1987-88), Cincinnati (1989-91), Army (1992-97), Michigan State (1998-2000), Notre Dame (2001) and Michigan (2002-04).  In 2002 and 2003, he served as the Wolverines’ recruiting coordinator.

“I have a refreshed perspective coming back from the NFL and getting into college coaching again,” Sheridan said. “I am really interested to study the offenses people are running in the Big Ten. The running quarterbacks are distinctly different than what you see in the NFL. It is stimulating if you enjoy the schematic part of the game, and I do.”

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8 Responses to “Urban Meyer officially completes first Ohio State staff”
  1. gtizzo says: Jan 30, 2012 9:56 PM

    Urban “for my health” Meyer didn’t add a doctor to help when he has an “ouchy” and needs a kiss.

  2. goblue714 says: Jan 30, 2012 10:01 PM

    Hopefully sheridan makes meyer play his kid at QB.

  3. vincentbojackson says: Jan 31, 2012 3:59 AM

    “I am really interested to study the offenses people are running in the Big Ten. The running quarterbacks are distinctly different than what you see in the NFL”


    In other words: The Big Ten is out of touch with the developments in offensive football over the past decade.

    There like the old guy that still thinks cell phones and the Internet are a fad.

  4. 1buckeye76 says: Jan 31, 2012 8:30 AM

    Bunch of haters – Go Buckeyes!

  5. dkhhuey says: Jan 31, 2012 10:44 AM

    Welcome to the Buckeye Nation Bill!!! It is going to be a fun ride and you have your work cut out for you immediately. On the bright side, we didn’t play all that well in the DB area so you can really only go up from here!!!

  6. polegojim says: Jan 31, 2012 3:07 PM

    November 25th headline

    “Michigan officially beats Urban Meyer’s first complete Ohio State staff”

    Make em strong Coach Meyers, we only want to beat the best!

    GO BLUE!

  7. CBFAN says: Jan 31, 2012 5:00 PM

    Nice coaching staff and what a turnaround on the recruiting class. Looks like Michigan had their token win for the decade.

  8. polegojim says: Feb 2, 2012 10:52 AM

    CB – go ahead and bet on it…

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