In our continuing look at the Ohio State coaching search, we go far afield and look at a guy who isn’t getting a lot of love for the spot.
Many, many names have been mentioned in the context of the Ohio State head coaching search. Some have made some sense (Fickell, Hazell, Dantonio, Pelini) and some not so much (Meyer, Saban, etc.) We will get to them all shortly.
One guy that may not have entered your radar yet is Lovie Smith, current Head Coach of the Chicago Bears. I’ll wait while you stop laughing.
Any minute now…
Smith started his collegiate football experience playing Linebacker and Safety for the University of Tulsa in the late 70’s. You might recall that the head coach of the Golden Hurricanes at that time was one John Cooper. Yes, that John Cooper.
Rather than playing in the pros, Lovie went straight into coaching and took over the Defensive Coordinator position of his former High School – Big Sandy. After a few years at the High School level, Lovie secured a job with his former coach at Tulsa, staying there once Cooper left to take the top spot at Arizona State.