Ed Warinner‘s bank account might want to consider sending Jim McElwain a thank-you note.
In January of this year, Warinner left Minnesota to take a job as a senior offensive analyst at Michigan. However, a month later, McElwain was added as U-M’s wide receivers coach; in an unsurprising twist to that move, offensive coordinator and offensive line coach Tim Drevno officially stepped down from his twin posts eight days after McElwain’s hiring and ultimately ended up back at USC.
McElwain, as had been widely expected before he was officially added to Jim Harbaugh‘s coaching staff, took over Drevno’s coordinating duties. Warinner, meanwhile, was officially named as Drevno’s replacement as line coach earlier this month.
According to mlive.com, Warinner has signed a two-year contract that will pay him $525,000 in 2018 and $550,000 in 2019. His scheduled salary for his role as an analyst with the football program? A “measly” $250,000.
Warinner spent the 2017 season as the offensive line coach and running-game coordinator at Minnesota. Prior to that, He was the line coach at Ohio State from 2012-16. In 2015, he added the title of co-offensive coordinator.
Iowa basketball’s loss could be Iowa football’s gain — maybe.
In a press release, it was announced that Ahmad Wagner has decided to leave the Hawkeyes men’s hoops program “to train and get my body into football shape so I can be ready for when I decide where I will finish my athletic and academic goals.” The 6-7, 235-pound Wagner played three years of basketball at the Big Ten school, starting 25 of the 96 games in which he played.
Below is Wagner’s statement on his decision, released through the university’s athletic department:
I have had recent discussions with my family and the coaching staff, and ultimately decided to leave the Hawkeye basketball program and end my college basketball career so I can finish my collegiate eligibility playing football. A person of strong faith, I am following God’s plan and I am eager for this next chapter. I leave the Iowa men’s basketball team with new friendships and incredible memories that I will forever treasure. I want to thank coach McCaffery, staff, and teammates for helping me grow both as a basketball player and person.
“My plan now is to train and get my body into football shape so I can be ready for when I decide where I will finish my athletic and academic goals. Thank-you Hawkeye nation for your support and welcoming me when I first stepped onto campus.
If Wagner opts to remain at UI and plays for the football Hawkeyes, he would have two years of eligibility that he could use beginning with the 2018 season. The same goes for a move to an FCS program. If he were to opt for another FBS school, however, he’d have to sit out the 2018 season, which would leave him with one year of football eligibility to use in 2019.
Wagner played one year of high school football, helping to lead Wayne High School to the Div. 1 championship game in the Ohio state playoffs his senior season. As a wide receiver that year, he caught 58 passes for 1,028 yards and 17 touchdowns in earning first-team all-state honors.
According to the LandOf10.com’s Scott Dochterman, Kentucky offered Wagner a football scholarship while Ohio State was interested in him as a football player as well.
While it’s been in the works for weeks and he’s been on campus for months, Michigan finally made the hire of Ed Warinner as offensive line coach official on Thursday afternoon. He was originally brought on board in Ann Arbor as a senior analyst with the offense back in January so technically this is much more of a promotion than a hire but semantics schmantics.
Warinner spent the 2017 season as the offensive line coach and run game coordinator at Minnesota but most notably served as offensive coordinator at Ohio State from 2012 through 2016.
He replaces Tim Drevno, who wound up back in his old job at USC.
Funny enough, the school does not shy away from Warinner’s time at hated rival Ohio State in his biography. We’ve already seen the team awkwardly highlight all the Buckeyes he sent to the NFL over the years in social media last week and they noted in text form on the release some of the Big Ten records he helped guide OSU to during his time in Columbus.
While the refreshing honesty on the coaching background is welcome — especially in light of the creative license taken with Jim McElwain’s bio — something says that Wolverines fans won’t truly embrace Warinner as a staff member until the Ohio native beefs up the offensive line play and helps score a victory over that school in Columbus.
Two prominent former Buckeyes will serve as team captains for Ohio State’s spring game, the program announced Monday. Ryan Shazier will captain one team, while Malcolm Jenkins will captain another. The specific assignments between the scarlet or gray teams were not disclosed, as if that matters.
Shazier (pictured) played at Ohio State from 2011-13, a stretch that saw Ohio State rip off 24 consecutive wins in Urban Meyer‘s first 24 games, earning a First Team All-Big Ten and a First Team All-America honor as a junior in ’13. He was selected 15th overall by the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2014 and made Pro Bowl appearances in 2016 and ’17. He suffered a traumatic spinal injury in December of last season, from which he is attempting to come back and play again.
Jenkins played for Ohio State from 2005-08, helping the Buckeyes reach BCS games four times in his four years. Ohio State won the Big Ten title in 2006 and ’07, and Jenkins was a three-time All-Big Ten performer in scarlet and gray. The 2008 Jim Thorpe Award winner as the nation’s top defensive back, Jenkins was taken 14th overall by the New Orleans Saints in the 2009 NFL draft. A two-time Pro Bowler, Jenkins enjoyed a Super Bowl victory in his rookie season with the Saints and in last month’s Big Game as a member of the Philadelphia Eagles.
Ohio State’s spring game is set for April 14 at the Horseshoe.
Last season, a week after scoring an exhilarating victory against Penn State, the Ohio State Buckeyes laid a massive egg on the road at Iowa. The loss to the Hawkeyes ultimately was the hurdle Ohio Stat could not clear to get into the College Football Playoff, and now some former Buckeyes at the NFL combine are being asked what many want to know. What the heck happened?
Unfortunately, it’s not a question some Ohio State players can answer months after the impact of the game.
“I just look at them and I don’t know what happened,” Ohio State’s Jayln Holmes said at the combine, per Land of 10. “I’m still trying to find those answers out. They played the best game of their life. That’s all it is. We didn’t come to play that day. They came to play. I feel they played the best game of their life, and the score showed.”
“It’s a tough subject and something you’ve got to handle head on because we didn’t do good enough that day,” former Buckeye defensive end Sam Hubbard said.
This just goes to show that loss is still perplexing to many. And it makes sense it would be a question brought up to players at the NFL combine, as NFL teams are interested in digging into the mindset of players in various situations and, perhaps, get an inside look at how a player has learned from a negative experience. Ohio State battled back from that loss quite well, of course. The Buckeyes went on to play for and win the Big Ten championship and then capped the season with a victory over USC in the Cotton Bowl.