Ohio State football: Taver Johnson officially joins coaching staff; Buckeyes lead nation in total attendance
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Taver Johnson officially announced as cornerbacks coach
Ohio State’s coaching staff is once again full — officially. The Buckeyes announced the hiring of Taver Johnson as cornerbacks coach on Tuesday morning, less than a day after it first was reported. This will be his second stint in Columbus, as Johnson worked as the Buckeyes cornerbacks coach from 2007 to ’11. He also has history with coach Urban Meyer, serving as a graduate assistant with Notre Dame when Meyer was in South Bend.
“I am really pleased to have Taver Johnson join our coaching staff,” Meyer said in a news release. “I’ve known Taver for a long time, going back to our days at Notre Dame, and I think he is a terrific coach and person. He’ll do an excellent job coaching our cornerbacks and mentoring the young men in our program.”
Land of 10’s Austin Ward broke down why the Buckeyes — and their NFL pipeline — are in good hands with Johnson taking over for Kerry Coombs.
Ohio State leads nation in total 2017 attendance
No college football program had more fans witness its games in the 2017 season than Ohio State. The Buckeyes led the country in total attendance last season — a figure that counts the crowds at each of a team’s home, road and neutral-site games. Ohio State had a total attendance of 1,254,160 in 14 games last season. This even edged Georgia, which was the nation’s sole FBS team to play 15 games. The Bulldogs had 1,246,201 fans watch its games, including the national title game.
Ohio State finished second in average home attendance. The Buckeyes’ mark of 107,495 fans per home game was topped only by Michigan’s 111,589 fans per home game. It is the only place where Michigan has beaten Ohio State lately.
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Greg Schiano named 247Sports’ Big Ten recruiter of the year
Meyer has another reason to be thrilled about Greg Schiano’s return to his coaching staff. The Buckeyes defensive coordinator was named the 2017 Big Ten recruiter of the year by 247Sports. With an NFL head coaching stop on his resume, Schiano has a lot of clout on the recruiting trail. He played a big role in helping the Buckeyes land a stacked recruiting class.
Ohio State releases hype video for winter workouts
What are the Buckeyes up to during the offseason? The team answered that question on Tuesday, when it released a hype video of Ohio State’s winter workouts. Watch below (warning: It might make you wish it was September.):
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