5 New Assistant Coaches Urban Meyer Is Bringing to OSU Football Next Year
With Urban Meyer's venture to Ohio State all but official, it is time to look at who he may possibly hire as the new coaching staff. Meyer will be looking for a fresh start with the Buckeyes, and rumors have been swirling about who will appear on the sidelines next fall.
Click "Begin Slideshow" to see five new faces who may be donning scarlet and gray next year.
Kirk Herbstreit, New Quarterback Coach
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Kirk Herbstreit is a household name to Buckeye fans. Herbstreit, Ohio State's quarterback in 1992, passed for more than 1,900 yards his senior season.
Herbstreit can currently be seen on ESPN's "College Gameday," along with Lee Corso and Chris Fowler. Herbstreit also commentates for the night college football games on ABC.
If Herbstreit joins Meyer as the Buckeyes new quarterback coach, fans will rejoice to see Meyer bring back a beloved player. For years, fans have wanted Herbstreit to join Ohio State's coaching staff. Their wish may come true next year.
D.J. Durkin, New Defensive Coordinator
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Urban Meyer may not be the only Gator calling the shots next fall.
D.J. Durkin, Florida's current linebacker coach, may be Ohio State's next defensive coordinator.
Durkin, who began his football career at Bowling Green State University, went on to become Stanford's special teams coordinator from 2007-2010. At the end of the 2010 season, Durkin joined Meyer's staff.
Durkin and Meyer have a history, as Durkin served as a graduate assistant under Meyer in 2001.
Coach Luke Fickell promoted assistant coach Paul Haynes to co-defensive coordinator with Jim Heacock.
After Ohio State's poor defensive performance against Michigan this season, Meyer may be looking to shake things up by bringing Durkin to Columbus.
Greg Studrawa, New Offensive Coordinator
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Perhaps the most sought after rumor is Ohio State's new offensive coordinator. After the Buckeyes' offense imploded throughout the entire season (with their only saving grace coming during the loss to Michigan), fans have been calling for Jim Bollman to be ousted.
Greg Studrawa is LSU's current offensive coordinator may be the answer. Studrawa coached with Meyer at Bowling Green, so the two are already friendly.
When Studrawa coached at Bowling Green, the offense recorded an astounding 500 yards per game, second in the nation. BGSU was also third in passing and the turnover margin that year.
If Studrawa makes the move to Columbus, it will surely impact the way Ohio State runs its offense next year.
Mickey Marotti, New Director of Football Operations
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When Coach Fickell took the reigns at the beginning of the season, he promoted Tom Dunlap, program assistant, to associate director of football operations.
If Urban Meyer comes to Ohio, he will be bringing Mickey Marotti with him.
Marotti, Florida's current strength and conditioning coach, has developed seven first-round NFL draft choices in his six years as a Gator. Marotti has always been involved with strength and conditioning, dating back to his graduate assistant years at Ohio State.
Before his tenure at Florida, Marotti spent seven years at Notre Dame, where he completely redesigned strength and conditioning programs for all 26 varsity sports.
Luke Fickell, New Assistant Coach
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Okay, so this coaching change is a bit of a given.
When Urban Meyer becomes the new head coach, Luke Fickell will need somewhere to go. Meyer will need to find a spot for Fickell. Since all of the prominent positions will be taken, Fickell will most likely be downgraded to an assistant coach.
Fickell led Ohio State to a 6-6 season, with an impressive win over Wisconsin. However, Buckeye fans will be mourning the loss to Michigan for the next 365 days.
Where Meyer will stick Fickell, we are still not sure. But he won't disappear just yet.