Ohio State football: Hartline to coach receivers
Ohio State named Brian Hartline interim wide receivers coach on Thursday morning to replace receivers coach Zach Smith, who was fired on Monday
A Canton native, Hartline was a receiver for the Buckeyes from 2005-08, catching 90 passes for 1,429 yards and 12 touchdowns in helping Ohio State to consecutive BCS title game appearances. He then played seven seasons in the NFL. He had 344 career receptions for 4,766 yards and 14 touchdowns. His most productive seasons were with the Miami Dolphins and he finished his career with the Cleveland Browns.
He served as a quality-control coach for Ohio State last season, impressing coach Urban Meyer with his willingness to embrace the grunt work required of a low-level assistant.
Meyer also promoted Corey Dennis, his son-in-law, to senior quality control coach working with receivers and quarterbacks. He served the last two seasons as a graduate assistant working with the receivers. He’d been working with offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach Ryan Day this year.
“As I said in Chicago, I am very confident with the individuals on this coaching staff and both Brian and Corey are quality young men,” Meyer said. “I anticipate both of them doing well with their new responsibilities.”