COLUMBUS, Ohio — The shakeup of the Buckeyes’ offensive coaching staff is finally official.
On Tuesday, Ohio State announced it hired Kevin Wilson as its new offensive coordinator. The move comes a week after the Buckeyes hired Ryan Day as its quarterbacks coach, following the departure of Tim Beck. Wilson will also serve as OSU’s tight ends coach and Day will be the co-offensive coordinator.
CrimsonQuarry.com first reported Wilson’s hiring a week ago. Now, Ohio State offensive coordinator Ed Warinner will take over as offensive line coach at Minnesota, per Sports Illustrated’s Pete Thamel.
Buckeyes coach Urban Meyer is plenty familiar with Wilson, who has served as Indiana’s head coach for each of the past six seasons. In 2001, Meyer’s Bowling Green faced Northwestern, where Wilson served as the offensive coordinator from 1999-2001. Seven years later, the two would meet again when Meyer’s Florida team won the national title against Oklahoma, where Wilson directed the Sooners’ offense.
Over the course of their past five years as Big Ten contemporaries, Meyer has praised Wilson as an offensive mind.
“We share similar philosophies and he’s adapted over the years, too,” Meyer said of Wilson in 2015. “We’re friends. I admire him as a coach and I think he’s doing a great job.”
In six seasons in Bloomington, Wilson compiled a 26-47 record, leading the Hoosiers to bowl games in 2015 and 2016. Indiana led the Big Ten in offense in 2015 and finished in the league’s top-5 from 2012-16, including three top-2 finishes.
At Oklahoma, Wilson directed the development of 2008 Heisman Trophy winner and 2010 No. 1 overall pick Sam Bradford. Throughout his nine seasons in Norman, he also built a resume as a strong recruiter, routinely securing future pro prospects.
NFL teams drafted six players out of Indiana under Wilson’s watch during the past five years. Wilson was fired last month after six years as head coach, following accusations of player mistreatment.
Regardless of the risk associated with his hiring, Wilson can improve the Buckeyes offense. And much like his new co-coordinator Day, Wilson has a history of favoring an uptempo offense.
Following Ohio State’s 31-0 loss to Clemson in the Fiesta Bowl, changes to the Buckeyes’ staff were inevitable. Nationally, the Buckeyes have ranked 100th and 82nd for offense, respectively, in each of the past two seasons.
“Ohio State is not used to this, I’m not used to this, and we will not get used to this,” Meyer said after the bowl game. “That’s not going to happen again.”
The Buckeyes head coach is hopeful the latest adjustments to his staff will assure just that.