Dantonio, the Buckeyes' defensive coordinator, replaces Rick
Minter was fired Dec. 1 after a decade on the job. He was
dismissed three days after the Bearcats (5-7) ended their season
with a 43-40 loss to Louisville. He finished with a 53-63-1 record
over 10 seasons and had the most wins and losses in school history.
Dantonio won't have to wait long to face his former school and
longtime friend and boss, Jim Tressel. The Bearcats open the 2004
season at Ohio State on Sept. 4.
The Buckeyes spent most of the past season as the No. 1 defense
against the run in all of Division I-A. The Buckeyes (10-2) play
Kansas State in the Fiesta Bowl on Jan. 2.
Ohio State, keyed by its defense, won the 2002 national
championship, beating top-ranked Miami 31-24 in the Fiesta Bowl.