Buckeye Battle Cry: Who Will Be The Coach At Ohio State In Ten Years

Buckeye Battle Cry: Who Will Be The Coach At Ohio State In Ten Years

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Buckeye Battle Cry: Who Will Be The Coach At Ohio State In Ten Years


Here at BuckeyeWire.com we agree on a lot of things, but just like family, we’re not immune to some spits and spats at times. We introduce to you our Buckeye Battle Cry roundtables that we’ll visit from time to time. Our first civil discussion revolves around who will be coaching Ohio State football in ten years.


 

Buckeye Battle Cry: Who Will Be The Coach Of Ohio State In Ten Years?

Urban Meyer is one of the great coaches of a generation, but he won’t be in Columbus forever. The news of a contract in the works through 2022 got us thinking here at BuckeyWire.com. The thought? Who will be coaching Ohio State ten years from now, and ten more victories over That School Up North?

 

Contact/Follow @TerryPJohnson

Hopefully, it’s Urban Meyer. After all, he’s the best coach in college football.

With that said, I realize that Meyer probably won’t be the Buckeyes’ head coach ten years from now. Whether he decides to retire like Bob Stoops did last year or he gets bored with beating Jim “What’s a division title” Harbaugh every season, the fact remains that he will more than likely move on to something else when the 2028 campaign rolls around.

So, who would be the head coach ten years from now?

I don’t think it will be a coach that’s currently on Meyer’s staff. Don’t get me wrong: any of these men would be a great choice to lead the Buckeye program. However, every single member of the staff is a hot quantity right now. I’d be shocked if Greg Schiano, Ryan Day, and Alex Grinch aren’t head coaches at the FBS or NFL level within the next five seasons.

That’s why I think Florida’s Dan Mullen will be the guy.

Like Meyer, Mullen is one of the best X’s and O’s guys in college football. Despite having lesser talent than every other school, his Mississippi State squads were always competitive in the SEC West. If he can do that with mid-tier talent, imagine what he could do at Ohio State, where he’ll have the luxury of coaching the best players in the land year in and year out.

Contact/Follow @PhilHarrisonBW

Interesting take there Terry. If you thought Florida fans were hot already, just wait until OSU steals another coach.

Like Terry, I’d love to believe that Urban Meyer will be there for at least ten more years, but that’s unlikely to happen. With the health issues he’s already famously faced (right Gator fans), and with the demands that a place like Ohio State can put on a coach, I wouldn’t be surprised if Meyer goes another five years at most.

But hey, just like finding $20 bucks in my pocket I didn’t know I had, I’ll be pleasantly surprised if he finds a way to keep that edge and maintain the annual beat-downs to the Maize and Blue front and center.

All that out of the way, ten years from now, I truly believe there will be a different guy pulling the strings for the massive beast of a program. Now, trying to figure that out now can be a wild stab in the dark.

But I’m game. It’s got to be a young coach, not one on the downside of a career. You’d also like to think that any next head coach will have Ohio ties — or at least ties to the program.

I’m going with recently hired co-defensive coordinator Alex Grinch.

He will have had time on Meyer’s staff, will have absorbed all that knowledge, has Ohio ties, and is a young up and coming coach. He checks all the boxes as long as he’s still successful and available.

The real question though is whether OSU will be able to keep the bright and young talent long enough. But of course, this could take so many different avenues in ten years.

Heck, by that time we might even have a reality television star as a president. Oh wait …

Contact/Follow @markrussell1975

Good thoughts Phil… I could see a young coordinator like Grinch stepping into that role. However, the track record seems to indicate he may not be around that long. Urban’s assistants that have any talent at all usually aren’t  around long before hired to be the head man at another school. With his central Ohio ties (Grove City) maybe he’d be willing to be a little more patient.

How about Mike Vrabel? He certainly has the Ohio ties and is one of the all time greats to wear the scarlet and grey. Vrabel had a nice stint as an OSU assistant under Meyer coaching both the linebackers and defensive line, before being hired away by Bill O’Brien and the Houston Texans. Now he’s the head man for the Tennessee Titans. It will be interesting to see how he handles that transition.

I could see the former All-American defensive end coming back to his alma mater to continue his Buckeye legacy.  It would be a big splash hire in replacing a legend like Urban Meyer.

 

 

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