Ohio State: Taver Johnson set to join football staff; Buckeyes basketball in top 10 for first time in 4 years
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Buckeyes reportedly have new CBs coach in Taver Johnson
The void left on Ohio State’s coaching staff by Kerry Coombs has been filled. Taver Johnson will be the Buckeyes’ new cornerbacks coach, FootballScoop reported Monday afternoon. Johnson was linked to the job earlier in the day when his name was listed on the university directory as an assistant coach.
Johnson is no stranger to Columbus. He spent five seasons on Ohio State’s staff — also as a cornerbacks coach — under Jim Tressel. Johnson coached DBs at Arkansas in 2012-13 and was a Purdue assistant from 2014-16. He served as Temple’s defensive coordinator in 2017.
Ohio State had not made the hiring official as of Monday night.
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Buckeyes jump to No. 8 in AP poll
Ohio State basketball took a big jump in The Associated Press Top 25 on Monday, moving up six spots to No. 8. It is the first time the Buckeyes have been in the top 10 of the poll since they were No. 3 on Jan. 6, 2014.
📈 Hello, Top Ten.
— Ohio State Hoops (@OhioStateHoops) February 12, 2018
The Buckeyes are one of three Big Ten teams in the top 8. Michigan State is No. 2, and Purdue dropped to No. 6. Here is the full poll.
Chris Holtmann’s team entered the week in first place in the Big Ten at 13-1 in conference play (22-5 overall). The Buckeyes play at Penn State on Thursday night.
Ohio State basketball managers get in Olympics spirit
Ohio State better hope its managers all don’t get a last-second invite to South Korea before the Thursday game. The Buckeyes managers posted a video of themselves doing a special version of curling on the court at the Schottenstein Center.
— OSU BBall Managers (@OSUManagers) February 11, 2018
The video is sweeping the internet. It had nearly 4,000 likes as of Monday evening, and the managers even got a shoutout from the U.S. curling team.
Gold medal quality! 🏅
— USA Curling (@usacurl) February 12, 2018
Why Greg Schiano is coming back to Ohio State
There were plenty of chances for Greg Schiano to leave his post as Ohio State’s defensive coordinator this offseason, but he is returning for his third season on Urban Meyer’s staff. Land of 10’s Austin Ward laid out why Schiano can accomplish everything he wants while remaining at Ohio State:
Thanks to the newly balanced staff and his relationship with Meyer, Schiano essentially could be able to take a big-picture, head-coaching approach on the defensive side of the ball ― without having to deal with some of the big-picture, head-coaching headaches that come with the desk in the largest office. For everybody involved, that feels like an absolutely ideal fit.
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