The Coaching Search: Jon Gruden

Written July 22nd, 2011 by Eric

After a brief hiatus, we’re back with a look at the next name on the list for head coach.  You may recall some of the names we’ve already featured in this series.

Jon Gruden

Many fans have expressed many ideas regarding the Ohio State coaching search.  Urban Meyer and Bo Pelini are two of the biggest that we’ve already taken a look at.  Mentioned in the same breath with those two illustrious names is another young bright star of the coaching profession – Jon Gruden.

It is worth noting that this is not the first time Gruden’s name has come up in a coaching search in the last six months.  He was first suggested as a replacement for Randy Shannon at Miami, followed by Rich Rodriguez at Michigan.  He was also offered, and turned down, a position as offensive coordinator at Oregon.  The Ohio State job is simply the most recent addition to the list.

Gruden has spent 11 years on the highest stage of football with varying success.  There is plenty of debate regarding his success – specifically that his greatest have come due to the hard work of others.  There is no debate, however, that he is very good in his own right.  That makes him worth a look for this position.

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Guest Post- Who’s Next?

Written June 9th, 2011 by MaliBuckeye

Part two from Ty Kelly’s manifesto after winning our bowl competition; for background, allow him to reintroduce himself.

Time to spin the wheel?

Now, let’s talk about the future of the head football coaching position at The Ohio State University. Clearly, we have to look at it from the administration and the athletic director’s viewpoint – whoever that may be in seven months, (because an argument can be made that A.D. Gene Smith, and Pres. E. Gordon Gee may not last another three months at Ohio State).

Regardless, the 2012 A.D. and OSU brass will likely be looking for three main criteria-

  1. Somebody who has an impressive record of head coaching experience.
  2. A candidate with a proven record not only on the field, but a record of a clean, drama-free program.
  3. Someone with a disciplinarian personality, who can endure the pressures of  the NCAA microscope while executing his duties as CEO of one of the elite Division 1 teams in America.

So…who fit this description ?  Bo Pelini? … Probably.  Jon Gruden? … Maybe. Gary Patterson? Urban Meyer?  Each candidate has their pros and cons. I will go in to full detail for the top tier candidates as to why or why not they may be the head coach at OSU in 2012, and I will briefly go over the rest of the candidates who could be considered viable in the position.

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