Report: Stan Drayton to join Buckeyes' staff

The Big Ten coaching carousel is still spinning as several teams have assistant vacancies to fill.

One of them is at Ohio State, which must replace receivers coach Darrell Hazell, who left last month for the top job at Kent State.

According to The Cleveland Plain Dealer, the Buckeyes have found their man. Florida running backs coach Stan Drayton will join Jim Tressel's staff and work with the receivers.

An official announcement is expected before the end of the week. Drayton has been rumored as a leading candidate for about two weeks.

Drayton is a Cleveland native who played college ball for current Iowa offensive coordinator Ken O'Keefe at Allegheny College in Pennsylvania. He is well traveled as an assistant, making stops at three SEC programs, the NFL's Green Bay Packers and two MAC programs (Eastern Michigan and Bowling Green).

There's a lot to like about this hire, particularly Drayton's connections to the Southeast recruiting scene. New Florida coach Will Muschamp retained Drayton as his recruiting coordinator, so Drayton certainly can aid Ohio State's efforts in the nation's most fertile recruiting region. He also has some familiarity with the Midwest. About the only downside is he has never coached receivers, just running backs.