AD Gene Smith talks new hires, Ohio State introduces a future QB, Buckeyes getting back to the grind

Jeremy Birmingham

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Today is Thursday, Jan. 26, 2017, and this is your Ohio State Wake-Up Call, the place for daily Buckeyes updates.


Gene Smith on Kevin Wilson, Ryan Day

It’s a good time in Columbus if you’re covering the Ohio State football team and are interested in learning more about the Buckeyes newest assistant coaches.

Every day it seems someone offers new insight into the hirings of Kevin Wilson and Ryan Day, though the addition of Wilson certainly has been responsible for much of the discussion. Earlier this week, the Ohio State students who product quality content for The Lantern – the school’s student newspaper – got a chance to spend some time with Athletic Director Gene Smith and discussed those hirings, among other things.

What is most interesting is that the discussions about coaching staff changes happened very, very quickly after the Buckeyes embarrassing 31-0 loss to Clemson the College Football Playoff.

From Jacob Myers:

Smith said Meyer approached him to talk about staffing after the conclusion of the Fiesta Bowl. Meyer and Smith worked out a schedule over days of meetings, pinpointing selective dates when Meyer wanted to have matters concerning his staff completed.

“(Urban Meyer) began to talk about people and who he wanted to get, and so we went through that process and he kind of had a vision of what he thought he needed to do,” Smith said.

With Wilson, a coach that had zero questions about his on-field qualifications, the discussion about hiring him was centered on his sudden departure from Indiana, where he’d spent six seasons as the head coach.

Wilson resigned from his head-coaching position at Indiana University on Dec. 1 during his sixth season with the Hoosiers amid “philosophical differences” with Indiana Athletic Director Fred Glass. Multiple reports cited Wilson’s treatment of players, including one player who told the Indianapolis Star that Wilson forced him back during an injury.

Smith said the first thing discussed regarding Wilson was the terms of which he left Indiana.

“We talked about that from the beginning before (Meyer) even made the call (to Wilson),” he said.

Meyer and Smith discussed, at length, how they would vet Wilson before offering him the position. The two assembled lists of people who could talk about Wilson as a coach and as a person. The first name on Smith’s call list was Glass, who Smith said is a good friend of his.

The rest, as they say, is history. Ohio State reached out not only to Indiana for insight into Wilson, but also Oklahoma, where he spent years as an offensive assistant.

Check out the full article, it’s worth a read.

Mick Marotti earning his money

The Buckeyes didn’t get much time away from the football facilities at Ohio State and are back to work getting ready for spring football. That means that it’s time for strength and conditioning coach Mick Marotti to make his presence felt around Columbus, and it appears he’s wasting no time in doing just that.

Redshirt sophomore defensive tackle Robert Landers offered up a little insight into the morning’s activities, and it’s pretty clear that the Woody Hayes Athletic Center was a house of horrors.

Landers wasn’t the only one hurting. Linebacker Justin Hilliard, who is recovering from a torn bicep that cost him most of his redshirt freshman season, concurred.

Welcome back to football season, friends.

Get to know Ohio State QB Tate Martell

It’s that time again: Ohio State wants you to know your newest Buckeyes. On Wednedsay, the football program’s Twitter account featured quarterback Tate Martell.

The Las Vegas Bishop Gorman 4-star prospect is already enrolled at Ohio State and is perhaps the most accomplished high school football player to ever sign with the Buckeyes.

Take a moment to learn what makes Martell such an intriguing prospect.

Goodbye, Holy Buckeye

The man with perhaps the most recognizable voice in modern sports broadcasting, Brent Musburger, is stepping away from the microphone.

“What a wonderful journey I have traveled with CBS and the Disney company,” Musburger said in an ESPN statement. “A love of sports allows me to live a life of endless pleasure. And make no mistake, I will miss the arenas and stadiums dearly. Most of all, I will miss the folks I have met along the trail.”

If there’s a moment in my life that has been forever frozen and linked to Musburger, it’s quite clearly “Holy Buckeye!”

You no doubt remember this moment if you grew up in Ohio, but it’s worth reliving.

B1G Happenings

• California has been – and could remain – pretty important to Nebraska

• Is Trevor Thompson the most improved player in the Big Ten? Minnesota thinks so

Jim Harbaugh working to sell insurance for the man who once struck him with his car

• Michigan State, Barry Greer and a special bond in the Spartans community

• Iowa falls on the hardwood again, losing to Illinois

• Michigan, Erik Swenson give their opinions on a famous “de-commitment” from a year ago

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