Jeff Hafley was in two states Monday.
In the morning, Hafley stood at a podium in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts, introduced as Boston College's coach at a news conference. By afternoon, he arrived on the indoor field at Woody Hayes Athletic Center, where Ohio State resumed practice for the Fiesta Bowl against Clemson.
It was a glimpse at the dual role that Hafley will hold through the College Football Playoff.
Before he departed, Hafley joked that his mad dash to Columbus was frenzied enough that he still might be in his suit when he joined the Buckeyes for practice. A tweet from Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith showed Hafley at least found time to change. He was wearing a scarlet shirt and sweats in the photo.
Going to enjoy these moments while they last! Two outstanding ones!! #GoBucks and best to a new Eagle... pic.twitter.com/VSHdEgQgQU— gene smith (@OSU_AD) December 16, 2019
Despite the hectic pace, Hafley said he remained eager to continue as the Buckeyes' defensive co-coordinator for a few more weeks, while preparing for his first head-coaching job.
“I see it as a blessing,” he said. “Look at this, I get a chance to fulfill a dream and go work for a national championship. And at the same time, when I'm done working on that, I get a chance to work on being a head coach, putting together a staff in a place I really want to be.”
Split responsibilities have become common in the playoff era. Jeff Scott will remain Clemson's offensive co-coordinator after he was named South Florida's coach this month, among others from previous seasons.
When Ohio State made its first playoff appearance in 2014, ultimately winning the national championship, Tom Herman stayed on as offensive coordinator after taking the Houston head coach job.
“My wife might get mad, because I might not see her very much or talk to her very much, and I might not sleep,” Hafley said, “but I see it as such a great opportunity, not a challenge, and I'm just really excited to be able to do both.”
Dennis expected to
join Colorado State
Ohio State senior quality control coach Corey Dennis is expected to join Colorado State's coaching staff.
Dennis, the son-in-law of former Ohio State coach Urban Meyer, has been with the Buckeyes for five seasons, beginning as an intern and graduate assistant.
A role for Dennis is unspecified, though FootballScoop reported Dennis was “likely” to work with quarterbacks.
Last week, the Rams hired Steve Addazio as their coach. Addazio was at Boston College for seven seasons before he was fired this month. He was previously an assistant for Meyer for all six of his seasons at Florida.
Meyer was involved in Colorado State's search.
Last season, quarterback Dwayne Haskins Jr. was complimentary of Dennis' involvement in game plans.
When asked if Dennis was to be hired by Colorado State, Buckeyes coach Ryan Day said the move had not been made official.
“I don't want to blow them up,” Day said. “I know he has a chance.”
QB prospect's choice
C.J. Stroud, a quarterback from Rancho Cucamonga, California, who is one of Ohio State's top remaining targets for the 2020 recruiting class, will announce his commitment Wednesday in a ceremony at his high school.
It will be televised by ESPNU.
Stroud is rated as a four-star prospect in 247Sports' composite rankings.
Day hopes to sign a second quarterback in the early signing period, which runs Wednesday through Friday. The Buckeyes return only two scholarship quarterbacks next season.
Four-star quarterback Jack Miller remains committed and plans to sign this week.
No update on
Day said he had no update on safety Brendon White, who put his name in the NCAA transfer portal last week, when asked if White would consider remaining with the team.