Alex Grinch’s move from Washington State to Ohio State is now official, as the Buckeyes confirmed Monday some news that’s been reported for weeks.
Grinch will join Ohio State’s staff as its new 10th assistant. An NCAA rule change this offseason increased on-field coaching staffs from nine to 10, making room for Grinch to join Ohio State’s existing staff. Sports Illustrated’s Bruce Feldman reported last week that Grinch was joining the staff as co-defensive coordinator, but Ohio State said his “specific responsibilities will be announced at a later date.”
“I am pleased to announce the addition of Alex Grinch to our coaching staff,” Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer said in a release. “I am very impressed with his body of work while at Washington State, as many others were, and am happy he chose to come home to Ohio to become a part of our Buckeye coaching staff.”
He’ll assist defensive coordinator Greg Schiano, who infamously agreed to become Tennessee’s head coach before fan outrage led to the Vols backing out of the deal.
Feldman also reported last week that Grinch turned down other suitors for the job:
SOURCES: Alex Grinch turned down multiple offers from big schools that would've meant more money so he could work with Urban Meyer and be at #OhioState.
— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) January 4, 2018
Grinch has served as Washington State’s defensive coordinator under head coach Mike Leach for three seasons, and produced a surprisingly efficient defense under Leach, who’s known for his high-octane Air Raid offense. The Cougars’ defense ranked 23rd in S&P+, while its 24.4 points per game allowed ranked 46th.
This is a bit of a homecoming for 37-year-old coach from Grove City, Ohio. Grinch graduated from Mount Union in 2002. He’s been nominated for the Broyles Award, which honors the top assistant coach in the country, three times.