Ohio State deputy athletic director Martin Jarmond could become the youngest athletic director among Power 5 schools soon, according to Sports Illustrated’s Pete Thamel.
Thamel reports that the 37-year-old is the “strong front-runner” to take the Boston College job, which came open when Brad Bates stepped down in February. He’s served as one of Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith’s top assistants for the last several years and was named to Sports Business Journal’s 40 under 40 list.
Jarmond’s official duties include internal and external business and development operations for the athletic department. He’s the sport administrator for men’s basketball, baseball and golf, with involvement in football, too.
Most importantly, he’s the man in charge of Ohio State’s football schedule. Jarmond and Smith have tried to bring top opposing talent to Columbus to ensure the Buckeyes have a strong resume come season’s end.
“His [scheduling strategy] that he’s outlined is at least trying to have a top 10-team opponent every year, then a top 25, top 30-type opponent and then maybe a top 50 or what you can attract,” Jarmond told The Lantern in 2014 about Smith. “It’s mostly about what you can attract.”
Ohio State plays Oklahoma this season, TCU in 2018 and 2019, Oregon in 2020 and 2021, then Texas and Notre Dame in 2022 and 2023. The Buckeyes play Boston College in 2023 and 2024.