Greg Schiano Out as Ohio State's Defensive Coordinator, Buckeyes Announce Staff Changes

Lynette Rowe
January 8, 2019

Ohio State is parting ways with defensive coordinator Greg Schiano, according to ESPN.

Ohio State is replacing defensive coordinator Greg Schiano with a pair of new defensive coaches, one of them a longtime assistant from rival MI. Schiano came to Ohio State three seasons after he was the head coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The pair will serve as co-defensive coordinators.

A 49ers team that hasn't developed a good, young cornerback in decades and that mustered just two interceptions in 2018 is looking for a new defensive backs coach. His NFL knowledge coaching the secondary is only going to enhance and improve what has become a marquee area for the Buckeyes.

The first time Greg Mattison left MI he wound up at Notre Dame. His experience as a coordinator and his knowledge of the Big Ten is extremely important to me. This time, he's heading to Ohio State.

In another shake up on the defensive coaching staff, Day has promoted defensive line coach Larry Johnson to associate head coach.

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When asked about his future at Ohio State in the days leading up to the Rose Bowl, Schiano he would like to remain with the Buckeyes.

Mattison had worked at MI since 2011. His contract reportedly expired after this season, and it appears that Jim Harbaugh chose not to renew it. His defensive lines at MI were some of the best in the country the last few years, and he'll look to transform an Ohio State unit that has plenty of talent but didn't play up to it for most of the season.

Mattison first coached at MI under Gary Moeller and Lloyd Carr from 1992-1996.

Michigan's defenses under coordinator Don Brown have been some of the best in the country in recent years. He was almost hired to serve as the coach at Tennessee until fan outrage forced the Volunteers to backtrack and change their mind. The other, Greg Schiano, has reportedly been let go.

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