Urban Meyer has hired a quarterbacks coach whose first order of business will be to tutor blossoming star Braxton Miller.
Ohio State confirmed to the Associated Press on Friday that it had hired Iowa State assistant Tom Herman to join Meyer's staff. Herman has spent the past three seasons as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach for the Cyclones, who ran a spread offense. Iowa State finished 86th in scoring offense this season at 23.5 points per game, but the Cyclones have put up some big offensive stats during Herman's tenure. Before coming to Ames, Herman spent two seasons overseeing a high-scoring offense at Rice.
Herman is the first known new member of the Ohio State staff. He is expected to stay with Iowa State through its Dec. 30 New Era Pinstripe Bowl appearance against Rutgers.
Ohio State sought and received a waiver from the NCAA to allow it to have two football coaching staffs at the same time. Luke Fickell and his staff from the regular season are preparing for and will coach the Buckeyes in the TaxSlayer.com Gator Bowl game against Florida. Meanwhile, Meyer's staff will handle recruiting. Meyer and his assistants can't do any coaching, and no more than seven coaches at any time can be involved in recruiting.
While the waiver is not all that unusual, it shows that the NCAA must not be too angry at the Buckeyes, who are still awaiting word of their punishment from the infractions committee. And Ohio State can now have the best of both worlds: its players reap the benefits of extra bowl practices run by one staff, while another set of coaches can focus solely on recruiting.