Ohio State lost defensive coordinator Chris Ash to a head coaching offer at Rutgers, so the Buckeyes are bringing back a former Rutgers head coach to fill the hole at defensive coordinator. Greg Schiano is expected to accept an offer from Ohio State to take on the role of defensive coordinator, as reported by Adam Schefter.
In fact, Schiano is already getting work done for the Buckeyes.
Assuming this comes together as it seems it will be, this is a solid hire and addition for Ohio State and Urban Meyer. Schiano made his bones as a defensive assistant and coordinator at Rutgers, Penn State, Miami before moving up to be head coach of Rutgers in 2001, where he transformed Rutgers into a more respected program through laying a foundation on defense and letting the run game take of business on offense. At Ohio State, with plenty of talent to work with on the defensive side of the football on a regular basis, Schiano should ease back into the college game in short order and get some instant results in Columbus. Adding a coach with great familiarity with the recruiting battlegrounds in the northeast, New Jersey and Pennsylvania is also a nice bonus for the Buckeyes.
When we last saw Schiano, it was as head coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. After coaching Rutgers to a 68-67 record over 12-year tenure (keep in mind Rutgers went 12-34 in his four years before he got the program winning regularly), Schiano left for the NFL in 2012 and was fired from his position as head coach the following year following a 4-12 season.
Schiano has hoped and waited for a head coaching offer to come his way since being ousted in Tampa. While he may still one day choose to be a head coach again, serving as a defensive coordinator for a program like Ohio State is an easy way to keep your name fresh in the next coaching carousel cycle.