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Ohio State football offensive coordinator Kevin Wilson not pursuing head coaching jobs

Joey Kaufman
The Columbus Dispatch

LOS ANGELES — Ohio State offensive coordinator Kevin Wilson was linked to Akron’s head coaching vacancy last month.

But Wilson said he never spoke with the school and did not pursue other jobs as college football's coaching carousel spun furiously with the end of the regular season.

Half a decade removed from his last head coaching job, he acknowledged another opportunity might not emerge and signaled a desire to remain on Ryan Day’s staff.

Ohio State Buckeyes offensive coordinator Kevin Wilson works with players during football training camp at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center in Columbus on Thursday, Aug. 12, 2021.

“I’m getting old enough that maybe not,” said Wilson, who turned 60 in October. “I'd love to have that opportunity, but I do love every day working with Ryan at Ohio State, what we do and the opportunities here.

“By no means am I at a point where I'm just dying to do something. I think, if it's meant to be, it's meant to be.”

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Before joining the Buckeyes in 2017, Wilson spent six seasons as the coach at Indiana, leading the Hoosiers to bowl games over his last two seasons following a seven-year postseason drought.  

Akron’s recent coaching search ended when it hired Oregon offensive coordinator Joe Moorhead, who had previously been the coach at Mississippi State. He was also an assistant for the Zips from 2004-08.

All of the head coaching vacancies in the Football Bowl Subdivision have been filled.

Wilson was also considered to be in the mix for Colorado State’s head coaching opening in 2019.

As the Buckeyes have had the highest-scoring offense in the nation this season, averaging 44.5 points per game, Wilson was a semifinalist for the Broyles Award as the nation’s top assistant.

Among the reasons he’s happy at Ohio State, he said now has the chance to coach his son, Toby, a walk-on offensive lineman who joined the program this year.

"I'm at one of the best places, one of the best jobs, having as much fun as I've ever had," Wilson said. "I love coaching the kids we work with. My family loves it here. It's kind of neat my son's here. I never thought that when he showed up. It's kind of neat he's here."

The two-year contract extension Wilson signed in early 2020 runs through the end of next month. He received a pay raise last February, bringing his annual salary to $1.4 million and making him the Buckeyes' highest-paid assistant along with defensive coordinator Kerry Coombs.

Incoming defensive coordinator Jim Knowles will make $1.9 million a year.

Joey Kaufman covers Ohio State football for The Columbus Dispatch. Contact him at jkaufman@dispatch.com or on Twitter @joeyrkaufman.

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