Posted by Adam Jacobi
Urban Meyer's staff at Ohio State is starting to take shape. On Thursday afternoon, FootballScoop.com reported that Meyer hired Iowa State offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach Tom Herman. Sources close to the situation have since confirmed that report to CBSSports.com. Herman is expected to be named the quarterbacks coach at Ohio State.
Herman is the first outside coach to be hired to Meyer's staff. Meyer announced at his introductory press conference that Luke Fickell -- currently the interim coach through the Gator Bowl, when the Buckeyes meet Florida -- would be retained at Ohio State in an as yet undetermined role. Also, first-year receivers coach Stan Drayton has been retained, though he may switch to coaching running backs. Taver Johnson, OSU's fifth-year cornerbacks coach, will also be retained. Linebackers coach Mike Vrabel's future with the Ohio State program is still under consideration by Meyer.
As for Meyer's new quarterbacks coach, Herman is relatively young (36 years old); he graduated cum laude from California Lutheran in 1997 and has been an assistant coach ever since. He has been Iowa State's offensive coordinator for three years, as he was brought in with Paul Rhoads before the 2009 season. Under Herman, the Iowa State offense has scored 20.5, 23.7, and 23.6 points per game in those three years. Previously, Herman was the offensive coordinator at Rice for two years, and he spent time as an assistant at two other schools in Texas for the six season prior to that. Herman also spent two seasons as a graduate assistant at Texas after graduating from college.
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