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