COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The revamp of Ohio State's offensive coaching staff is complete. Former Indiana coach Kevin Wilson has been hired as offensive coordinator after coach Urban Meyer vowed to upgrade the attack following a shutout loss in the College Football Playoff.
The move was in the works for more than a week, but there was no room on the coaching staff for Wilson, who left Indiana last month, until offensive coordinator Ed Warinner's departure on Tuesday. Sports Illustrated reported that Warinner was taking a position coaching the offensive line at Minnesota.
Meyer had already hired Ryan Day as his new quarterbacks coach in place of Tim Beck and received a commitment from quarterback J.T. Barrett to return for his senior season. He started tinkering with his roster in an effort to get more playmakers at wide receiver after the passing game struggled with consistency throughout the season.
After the Buckeyes' 31-0 loss to eventual national champion Clemson in the PlayStation Fiesta Bowl on Dec. 31, Meyer made it clear that changes were coming. They have arrived in swift, significant fashion.
"Ohio State is not used to this," Meyer said after the game. "I'm not used to this, and we will not get used to this. That's not going to happen again. So we'll get things worked out.
"We will become a good passing team, we will. Next year."
Meyer hasn't addressed the media since returning to campus.
Wilson has been accused of mistreatment of players, with one former player's father telling ESPN that his son was rushed back from a concussion, causing symptoms to intensify. Indiana athletic director Kevin Glass accepted Wilson's resignation last month, citing "philosophical differences," but added there were no compliance issues involved in the decision.
Two years ago, the Hoosiers led the Big Ten in points per game, and they again qualified for a bowl game this season before Wilson resigned from his post.
Meyer has long spoken fondly of Wilson's offensive expertise dating back to meetings between the two before Meyer even arrived at Ohio State. Although the Buckeyes never lost to Wilson's Indiana teams, the Hoosiers seemed to be a bit of a nuisance for them despite the talent gap between the programs in a series that included a couple of games decided by seven points or fewer.
Day will also serve as Wilson's co-offensive coordinator. Ohio State has also confirmed that recently hired defensive coach Billy Davis will take over as the linebackers coach in place of Luke Fickell, who became Cincinnati's new head coach.