INDIANAPOLIS — It has been a crazy week for Ohio State defensive coordinator Greg Schiano.

He had signed a memorandum of understanding to become Tennessee’s coach on Sunday, only to have the offer pulled after protests by Volunteers fans.

Schiano hadn’t talked publicly about the situation and declined to after Saturday’s Big Ten title victory.

“I’m going to address that down the road somewhere,” Schiano said. “Tonight is about these kids and what they’ve done and this football team. I do know this: I’m very blessed and fortunate to be a part of Ohio State. I don’t take that lightly.”

He did appreciate the support he got this week from Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith and coach Urban Meyer.

“They’re good men, really good men,” Schiano said.

After the bizarre developments Sunday, Schiano and his coaching staff and players had to focus on Wisconsin.

“Their preparation this week, I’m not sure I’ve ever seen a college football team prepare the way these kids did,” he said. “I think that gave them great confidence to execute. It’s like when you go in for a test when you really know it.”

He said Wisconsin threw some surprises at the Buckeyes, including a running back pass to the quarterback that set up a Badgers touchdown and screens to neutralize Ohio State’s pass rush.

“I’ve never seen so many screens in my life,” Schiano said.

Ohio State held Wisconsin’s star freshman running back Jonathan Taylor to 41 yards in 15 carries, none longer than 7 yards. He entered the game averaging 180 yards.

“It took great discipline,” Schiano said. “He’s a great back and their line and scheme are really hard to contend with. They do a great job of creating extra gaps.

“Our guys, you have to will it, you have to drive and keep fighting for your gap. It starts up front. Our defensive line did it, and then our linebackers did it and our secondary was more involved in the run defense than they’ve ever been. That’s why it took such preparation to get ready for this game.”