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Ryan Day’s first staff decision removes interim tag for Brian Hartline

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Ryan Day may have to wait for one more game to really be Ohio State’s head coach, but the successor to soon-to-be-retired Urban Meyer is already working to put together his coaching staff in Columbus. On Saturday, Day’s first official staff decision was made with the removing of an interim tag for wide receivers coach Brian Hartline. Hartline was officially elevated to being the permanent wide receivers coach for Ohio State moving forward.

“Brian is a terrific young coach and mentor to our players and I am thrilled he is on our staff permanently now,” Day said in a released statement. “Brian was displaying outstanding leadership qualities when he was a quality control coach, and his efforts coaching the wide receivers this season are a huge reason we are Big Ten champions and headed to the Rose Bowl.”

Hartline joined the Ohio State coaching staff in 2017 as a quality control coach with the wide receivers. He was named interim wide receivers coach following the dismissal of former receivers coach Zach Smith this summer.

Ohio State wide receivers played a huge role for the Buckeyes this season en route to a Big Ten championship run that will take the team out west to play in the Rose Bowl next month. Ohio State receivers caught 291 passes for 4,211 yards and 43 touchdowns, fueling a run to being a Heisman Trophy finalist for quarterback Dwayne Haskins. All are new school records for receivers, which were led by Parris Campbell, Johnnie Dixon, Terry McLaurin and K.J. Hill. Freshman Chris Olave proved ready to step up in a big spot too with a breakout performance in the regular season finale against Michigan to clinch the Big Ten East Division.

Time will tell if Day feels a need to make any further staff changes once the season is complete and the Buckeyes officially move into the post-Meyer era under Day’s leadership.

Former Ohio State WR Brian Hartline deletes tweet about appearing at OSU practice, an NCAA violation

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Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer said he was intrigued by the idea of using former players to mimic opposing players in practices after word got out Nick Saban was doing so down in Alabama. It seems Meyer did the research and tried to give it a shot himself by using former Ohio State wide receiver Brian Hartline on the scout team.

Ohio State’s Dwayne Haskins took to Twitter to offer his compliments to the hard work ethic brought to the practice field by the former Buckeye and NFL wide receiver.

Hartline, who played with the Miami Dolphins from 2009 through 2014 and the Cleveland Browns in 2015, responded. The tweet, however, was deleted (but here’s a screen shot that was grabbed before the tweet vanished).

Brian Hartline tweet

The tweet was likely deleted because it is an NCAA violation to promote the appearance beforehand of any former player participating in a practice. This may not be something the NCAA takes a hard look at from an investigative standpoint. If they did, it would result in nothing more than a slap on the wrist or a finger wag at best.

Clemson was using former quarterback Tajh Boyd to mimic Ohio State’s J.T. Barrett last week.