Ohio State football: Defensive co-coordinator Alex Grinch leaving for Oklahoma

Bill Rabinowitz
Alex Grinch, right, yells from the sideline during the second quarter of the Rose Bowl against Washington on Tuesday. [Adam Cairns]

Alex Grinch’s homecoming to Ohio lasted only one year.

The Grove City native, who joined Ohio State as its defensive co-coordinator and safeties coach a year ago, will leave to become the defensive coordinator for Oklahoma, an OSU source confirmed to The Dispatch on Friday.

Grinch came to Ohio State last year from Washington State, where the Cougars made significant improvement under Grinch. In Columbus, Grinch worked with defensive coordinator Greg Schiano, defensive line coach Larry Johnson, linebackers coach Bill Davis and cornerbacks coach Taver Johnson this season, with unsatisfactory results.

Ohio State yielded 25.5 points per game this season and ranked 72nd in yardage allowed as they were often scorched for big plays. The Buckeyes’ pass defense ranked 86th, giving up 245.2 yards per game.

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Grinch’s safeties unit struggled as well. Jordan Fuller, who announced he would return for his senior year, was a second-team All-Big Ten pick. But the Buckeyes didn’t get consistent play from the other safety spot until Brendon White took that over late in the season.

Other than Johnson, who will return, the status of the defensive coaches is unknown as new coach Ryan Day takes over the program for the retired Urban Meyer.


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