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Ohio State: Ryan Day working to finalize staff before recruiting resumes

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Greg Studrawa is now the center of coaching rumors and could be heading to a Big Ten opponent. (Birm/Lettermen Row)

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Ohio State: Ryan Day working to finalize staff before recruiting resumes

Stay in touch or be left out because Ohio State recruiting is a 24-hour, seven-day-per-week obsession. What’s the latest news as the Buckeyes build for the future? Get that and more Sunday through Thursday on Lettermen Row. Today’s update focuses on a pair of coaching rumors that could shape Ryan Day’s first Buckeyes staff.

Is Greg Studrawa on the verge of leaving Ohio State?

Rumor season isn’t even close to over, and it appears one coach many thought was going to remain with Ohio State could potentially be heading to a Big Ten East Division foe.

The rumor mill picked up on Tuesday night.

Studrawa coached two seasons at Maryland after leaving LSU in 2014 before coming to Ohio State in 2016. He worked with Urban Meyer at Bowling Green, and the Northwest Ohio native served as offensive coordinator for the Falcons from 2003-2006 after Meyer departed for Utah. A longtime college coaching veteran, Studrawa is close with new Terrapins coach Mike Locksley, and that relationship appears to be serving as the starting point for talks between the two sides.

It’s been a very up and down month for Studrawa and Ohio State, though. There were many who expected the Buckeyes to move on from Studrawa as the season ended, but in the last two weeks things appeared to have stabilized and it seemed he’d be returning to Columbus.

Now, though, speculation is rampant that Studrawa is making overtures toward Maryland after previously being in the mix for the top job at Bowling Green. Why would that be the case? Studrawa has remained on the recruiting trail in the last few months, but other Ohio State coaches have been spotted in recent weeks at places like Spring Valley High School, the home of 2019 commit Doug Nester. Some folks in that area believe it was because the assistant was leaving Ohio State — but Kevin Wilson’s visit in his place, for example, was a result of Studrawa being out of town as a child graduated college.

Assuming there is any truth to the Studrawa-to-Maryland talk, let’s evaluate the possibilities of why it could be happening:

  1. Studrawa and Day had an agreement, but Day changed his mind and has given Studrawa the chance to find his next job while Ohio State searches for a replacement.
  2. Studrawa has decided, on his own, that he’d rather look for another job as opposed to staying at Ohio State. He reached out to his old friend Locksley knowing Maryland needs an offensive line coach.
  3. Mike Locksley and Maryland need an offensive line coach and reached out to Studrawa with an offer he can’t refuse.

If any of those situations turn out to be true, it doesn’t necessarily guarantee that Studrawa is going anywhere, because each scenario is contingent on Maryland wanting to hire him. If there was an agreement in place between Day and Studrawa and the offensive line coach decided to reach out to another school anyway? Then we’ve got a whole different ball of yarn to unwind.

We had been fairly comfortable thinking that the entire offensive coaching staff was returning, but that’s a little less certain as of today. There’s no doubt that Ohio State is going to want to know by Friday who is on the staff and who isn’t, because recruiting in earnest begins again this weekend.

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Ryan Day is trying to complete his first coaching staff at Ohio State. (Birm/Lettermen Row)

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Joyce
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Joyce

What about getting Warnnier back

Meatchicken Sux
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Meatchicken Sux

Great idea! Warriner was great as an o-line coach……Just keep him in that capacity!!!!

Brutus0717
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Birm, you didnt start the Studrawa section with the requisite “I hate to speculate about coaches but…” 🙂

While unlikely, I think it would be hilarious if Day took Wariner back from ttun. Talk about kicking a weasel when he’s down.

Kid Buckeye
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Kid Buckeye

lots of problems on the line this year. Stud can go IMO. Sounds like he isn’t really comfortable with Day either.

Brunstar
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Brunstar

Birm who is the next option for DB or OL coach? Who would you go after?

Rick Malone
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Rick Malone

Coach Combs brought the fire to our Defense I really wish we would’ve tied harder to keep him .

Meatchicken Sux
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Meatchicken Sux

I would try to get Pittman from Georgia,,,

Birm

Birm is Lettermen Row's Director of Recruiting and the site's primary Ohio State sports photographer. A Toledo, Ohio native, Jeremy has been in similar roles for elevenwarriors.com and Landof10.com and has been covering the Buckeyes for seven years.

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