Ryan Day has dropped his revamping of Ohio State’s defensive coaching staff into overdrive.
Earlier this afternoon, reports surfaced that Greg Schiano is out as defensive coordinator and would be replaced by Michigan defensive line coach Greg Mattison. Now, it’s been confirmed by the football program that Mattison will share coordinating duties for the Buckeyes with Jeff Hafley (pictured).
The 39-year-old Hafley — he’ll turn 40 in April — has spent the past three seasons as the defensive backs coach for the San Francisco 49ers.
Day was the 49ers quarterbacks coach during Hafley’s first season in San Francisco. Hafley’s last seven seasons have been spent in the NFL, with his last job at the collegiate level coming at Rutgers in 2011 as part of the coaching staff of… Schiano, the man he’ll partly replace. Hafley was also on Schiano’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers staff for both seasons.
In addition to those moves, OSU also announced that defensive line coach Larry Johnson has been given the title of associate head coach.
The fate of the remaining members of the defensive staff has yet to be revealed.