LOS ANGELES — Greg Schiano said he would like to return to the Ohio State football coaching staff next season, though on Thursday he sounded like someone who expects his future to be elsewhere.
“I love being here,” the Buckeyes’ defensive co-coordinator said. “My family loves being here. But anytime there’s a coaching change, whether it’s internal or not, the head coach has to select the staff that he feels gives the team the best chance to win.
“Whatever coach (Ryan) Day decides to do is certainly his prerogative. Right now, I’m concerned with one thing and that’s winning the Rose Bowl.”
Schiano said he and Day, who will take over as head coach for the retiring Urban Meyer after Tuesday's Rose Bowl against Washington, have had brief discussions about the future, though he didn’t divulge many details.
“I’m going to keep that all private,” Schiano said.
Schiano has overseen a defense that is on pace to be the most porous in Ohio State history in terms of yards allowed per game (400.3) and points per game (25.7).
Some of OSU’s defensive issues can be attributed to the ever-explosive offenses seen in college football, but Ohio State’s breakdowns allowing big plays has been a season-long issue.
Schiano, who was a successful head coach at Rutgers and coached the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for two seasons, is a longtime friend of Meyer’s. He was set to be hired as the University of Tennessee coach after the 2017 season before a backlash among some Volunteers fans scuttled that.