Ohio State football | Greg Studrawa officially joins staff

Tim May, The Columbus Dispatch

Greg Studrawa has been hired to coach the offensive line by Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer, the school confirmed this morning.

The Dispatch and others previously reported the move, which appears to be aimed at freeing up Ed Warinner to be the fully fledged offensive coordinator. His move from the sideline to the press box to call plays the last two games this past season helped right a balky offense and paid dividends with a 42-13 victory over Michigan and 44-28 win over Notre Dame in the Fiesta Bowl.

"Our offense was as good as it was all year with coach Warinner and coach (Tim) Beck together in the box," Meyer said in a news release. "So keeping those two in place during games is something I think our offense will benefit from as we move forward."

Along with the coordinator duties, Warinner will coach the tight ends. Tim Hinton, who held that position the past four years, will move to an administrative position: senior level executive director for football relations/special assistant to coach Meyer.

The hiring of Studrawa, a native of Fostoria, Ohio, with 26 years college coaching experience -- most recently as the offensive line coach at Maryland -- will be a reunion with Meyer. Studrawa, a graduate assistant at OSU in 1997, was on Meyer's staff at Bowling Green in his first stint as head coach in 2001 and '02.

They parted ways when Meyer moved on to Utah in 2003, and Studrawa went to Louisiana State.

Insiders said soon after Meyer was named head coach at Ohio State in November 2011 that he tried to hire Studrawa away from LSU, but Studrawa declined.

"I've known Greg for a long time, starting with my time at Bowling Green when he was my offensive line coach," Meyer said. "I know how good of a coach he is. There aren't many people I'd entrust our offensive line to after the job coach Warinner has done, but Greg is one of them and I'm pleased to have him join our staff."

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