A former Ohio State assistant under coach Urban Meyer appears ready to join the staff of Jim Harbaugh at Michigan.
Ed Warinner — an assistant at Ohio State from 2012 to ’16, including as offensive coordinator his last two seasons with the Buckeyes — will come over from Minnesota, where he was offensive line coach and running game coordinator for one season, according to multiple reports Saturday, including FootballScoop and the Detroit Free Press.
The big question is where he would fit on Harbaugh’s staff, which already has a full complement of assistant coaches. That includes the newly created position for a 10th assistant, which has gone to Dan Enos, formerly of Arkansas.
Michigan has yet to announce Warinner, but the Free Press reported, per a source with direct knowledge, that Harbaugh met with Warinner and that he intends to accept a position.
Warinner not only would be uncommonly familiar with Ohio State but also with another of the Wolverines’ rivals, Michigan State. His son, Edward, will be joining the Spartans as a linebacker next season after finishing his senior year at Olentangy Liberty.
Michigan is coming off an 8-5 season after going 10-3 in each of Harbaugh's first two years. And Harbaugh still is seeking his first win as a coach over the Buckeyes.
Warinner was part of Meyer’s initial coaching staff, coming on as co-offensive coordinator under Tom Herman and overseeing the offensive line. Among the linemen he sent to the NFL were Corey Linsley of Green Bay and Jack Mewhort of Indianapolis. When Herman left to become coach of Houston and later Texas, Warinner served as offensive coordinator for two seasons.
But the results were mixed as Ohio State pulled back from the up-tempo style that led to the 2014 national championship. Meyer decided to replace Warinner and quarterbacks coach Tim Beck, with Kevin Wilson and Ryan Day taking over those roles for the 2017 season.
Warinner accepted a position at Minnesota under first-year coach P.J. Fleck. The Golden Gophers stumbled to a 5-7 finish and were shut out in their final two games.
Before joining Ohio State, Warinner had many coaching stops, beginning with Akron in 1984. He also coached at Michigan State, Army and Notre Dame.