At the conclusion of every college football season, coaches are on the move. Some are asked to leave, others decide that there are opportunities they would prefer to pursue.
This past week, many open coaching positions were filled. While Ohio
State fans revel in the undefeated regular season of 2012, and head
coach Urban Meyer's Buckeye coaching staff actively recruits talent for
the upcoming 2013 season, how do these coaching changes impact Ohio State?
At the time of this writing, not all of the coaching positions have
been filled. Below is an assessment on the coaching position filled by
Cincinnati, as well as the currently open position at Wisconsin, and how
the Buckeyes may be looking at these changes.
Who Is The New Coach? Tommy Tuberville. Tuberville's hiring
ranks as one of the bigger shocks during this period of college football
coaching upheaval (hint: the bigger one is below...). It is not
because Tuberville is not well-regarded as a good coach.
It is because Tuberville is coming to Cincinnati. Let that one sink in for a moment.
a true Southerner who has never coached a program above the Mason-Dixon
line, resigning from Texas Tech of The Big XII Conference, a conference
with guaranteed playoff access once that system starts up in 2014, is
heading for perpetual stepping-stone job Cincinnati of The Big East, a
conference that seemingly appears to be falling apart with its members.
Speculation is rampant
that Tuberville, who took the Texas Tech job in 2009, was never truly
comfortable down in Lubbock. Cincinnati athletic director Whit Babcock
worked with Tuberville at Auburn, and perhaps this job will provide
Tuberville a sense of stability. For Cincinnati fans, who have watched
their last three head coaches (Mark Dantonio, Brian Kelly, and Butch
Jones) leave after each have spent three years on the job, hopefully
Tuberville will stick it out longer than that for the Bearcats. In 2014, Ohio State and Cincinnati are scheduled to play. Will Tommy Tuberville still be at the helm for the Bearcats? We shall see.
Impact Upon The Buckeyes? To be determined. Considering how
Ohio State has struggled to lure recruits from Cincinnati to Columbus,
it will bear watching to see how Tuberville does while competing against
Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer for Cincinnati talent that both
Ohio State is supposedly going to hold its April 2013 spring football game in Cincinnati.
I am curious as to how Tuberville will respond to Coach Meyer and Ohio
State invading what Tuberville considers Bearcat territory.
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have been written about this topic since this coaching shockwave
emerged last week, and I believe it is truly pointless to try to
continue to argue why so many people believe this was a bad move by both
Bret Bielema and Arkansas. Considering numbers usually make a more
persuasive point, I will merely point out these numbers: 1 and 5. One
represents the lone victory Bielema had while coaching Wisconsin against
Ohio State (2010), while five represents his losses (2007-2009, 2011,
2012). I will only speculate that Arkansas fans are hoping for far
better results against the likes of SEC heavyweights such as Florida,
Alabama, and LSU than Bielema provided the fans of Wisconsin when his
Badgers faced Ohio State.
Who Is The New Coach? To be determined. Barry Alvarez will
coach Wisconsin versus Stanford in The Rose Bowl, but Alvarez will not
be returning to the sidelines for Wisconsin in 2013.
include current Boise State head coach Chris Petersen, current
Jacksonville Jaguars defensive coordinator/former Ohio State defensive
back coach/former Wisconsin player Mel Tucker, and current Seattle
Seahawks offensive coordinator/former Wisconsin player Darrell Bevell.
Alvarez is keeping this one pretty close to the vest. For what it is
worth, while Pitt head coach Paul Chryst was the most logical candidate, I give Alvarez a big thumbs up for not raiding Pitt's coach after Chryst only spent one year on the job. Classy.
Impact Upon The Buckeyes? To be determined. Without a coach in place, Wisconsin fans are probably sweating Coach Meyer and his assistants, such as Mike Vrabel, poaching their recruits.
No matter who winds up with the head coaching position, the rivalry
between Ohio State and Wisconsin will only continue to amp up as both
programs fight for supremacy within The Big Ten's Leaders Division in
2013 and beyond.