Will OSU Bring the Band Back Together?

When coach Urban Meyer was hired by the Buckeyes, he made it clear that he wanted a “rock star” staff loaded with Ohio ties.

The group Meyer assembled certainly seemed to hit all the right notes on their way to a 12-0 record.

Now the question is which of these coaches will return, and which will be rolling out of town?

One assistant, quarterbacks coach and co-offensive coordinator Tom Herman, has already had his name come up in a head coaching search:

Another Ohio State staffer, co-offensive coordinator and offensive line coach Ed Warinner, is up for the Broyles Award that goes each year to college football’s top assistant. He’s one of 29 finalists.

Both Herman and Warinner have 2-year contracts that expire April 30, 2014. Co-defensive coordinator Everett Withers and running backs coach Stan Drayton have 2-year deals as well.

Here are the terms of all of the Buckeye assistants and their base salaries.

Luke Fickell — one year — $750,000
Everett Withers — two years — $450,000
Tom Herman — two years — $420,000
Ed Warinner — two years — $350,000
Kerry Coombs — one year — $275,000
Stan Drayton — two years — $275,000
Mike Vrabel — one year — $275,000
Tim Hinton — one year — $275,000
Zach Smith — one year — $150,000

So besides hoping that the Buckeye staffers don’t accept positions elsewhere, OSU also will have to sign Fickell, Coombs, Vrabel, Hinton and Smith to new contracts.

Meyer holds his season wrap-up interview today just before noon. He’d be the first to admit, having a quality staff was instrumental to the Buckeye’s success this year.

Bringing the band back together next year could be an important step toward making sure the 2013 squad doesn’t fall flat.


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