Ohio State hired former Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Rutgers coach Greg Schiano as co-defensive coordinator on Friday.
Schiano, 49, has been out of coaching the past two seasons since being fired by Tampa Bay. He spent two seasons with the Bucs, going 11-21.
Before that he led a massive rebuild at Rutgers, taking one of the worst programs in major college football and turning it into a consistent winner. From 2001-11, the Scarlet Knights went 68-67 under Schiano, going to bowl games in six of the final seven seasons.
Ohio State said the hiring is pending approval from the OSU board of trustees.
Schiano will replace Chris Ash, who left Ohio State to become head coach at Rutgers. Ash spent two years in Columbus working as co-coordinator with Luke Fickell and helping the Buckeyes win the national title in 2014. It took Ohio State coach Urban Meyer less than a week to fill Ash's job with Schiano.
"He is someone I have known for quite some time now and someone who is going to align with our staff extremely well," Meyer said in a statement.
Schiano was in the mix for recent head coaching vacancies filled at Miami, Southern California and South Carolina. Before taking over at Rutgers in his home state of New Jersey, Schiano was defensive coordinator at Miami under Butch Davis. He also spent three seasons as an assistant with the Chicago Bears and five years working for Joe Paterno at Penn State.
•Meyer suspended senior defensive lineman Adolphus Washington from the Fiesta Bowl after he was cited by police this week for solicitation, a first-degree misdemeanor. Washington has four sacks and 49 tackles in 12 games this season.
•Georgia Southern's Willie Fritz has reached an agreement to become Tulane's coach. An official announcement is expected Saturday. He will succeed Curtis Johnson, who was fired after a second straight 3-9 season.
•Alabama hired Jeremy Pruitt to succeed Kirby Smart as the Crimson Tide defensive coordinator. Pruitt served in that role at Georgia and Florida State. Pruitt was on Mark Richt's staff at Georgia and fills the vacancy created when Smart became coach of the Bulldogs.
•Arizona State hired Southern Miss offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Chip Lindsey to handle the same positions on coach Todd Graham's staff.
•Missouri coach Barry Odom will make $2.35 million annually in a five-year contract approved by the Missouri System Board of Curators.