Multiple reports last week pointed to Washington State defensive coordinator Alex Grinch leaving for Ohio State, but Buckeyes head coach Urban Meyer told reporters Thursday that nothing was final between the two parties.
While Ohio State does not have an open coaching position yet, new rules go into effect in the new year that will give FBS teams an additional on-field coach — moving to the total per team from nine to 10 — so Grinch would figure to fill a role there.
“Not really. There’s been some conversation, but nothing has been finalized,” Meyer said. “I’m like most college coaches, trying to figure out how this is going to work. Just want to do right by Ohio State, and we usually have [coaching] transition but I think we’re going to escape that this year. Right now I’m just trying to put that puzzle together and do the very best for our university and our program. I’ve got some ideas, but there’s nothing that has been finalized, certainly until after the bowl.”
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.
Grinch coaches the secondary in addition to Washington State’s defense, and was a safeties coach at Missouri before heading to Pullman. He was evasive when reporters asked him about reports connecting him to Ohio State earlier this week.