A former Ohio State football player is back in the building

The Ohio State football program has brought back Anthony Schlegel as an assistant for the strength and conditioning program for the time being.

Nov  12, 2005; Columbus, OH, USA; Northwestern Wildcats receiver #1 Jonathan Fields gets tackled by
Nov 12, 2005; Columbus, OH, USA; Northwestern Wildcats receiver #1 Jonathan Fields gets tackled by / Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports
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The Ohio State football program has a long history of great players turning into coaches. Mike Vrabel, J.T. Barrett, and Kenny Guiton are just some examples that come to mind right away. All of them are good coaches and have made Ohio State proud since leaving the Buckeyes.

Another former Buckeye who actually used to coach with the team is Anthony Schlegel. Schlegel played in the same linebacker group as A.J. Hawk and Bobby Carpenter back in the mid-2000s. He also was on Urban Meyer's staff at both Ohio State and with the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Schlegel is now back in the Woody with the Buckeyes, at least for now. He is helping out with the strength and conditioning program on a temporary basis. It's unclear how long that will last right now, but he is back with the Ohio State football program to help in the offseason.

Ohio State clearly needs to get tougher. That was an issue in the final two games of the season. Specifically, they need to get tougher up front at the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball. Schlegel should be able to help with that this offseason to get these guys ready for a tough Big Ten.

This move doesn't mean that Mickey Marotti is going anywhere, although this might signal that Ryan Day doesn't fully trust his results anymore. Perhaps he wants to get another set of eyes on the kids to help them develop to achieve the results they need late in the season.

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Regardless of the reason, it's always good to see a former Buckeye coming back to help his program be better. If Day's other hires work out, this could end up being one of those seasons that go down in Ohio State history. It will be one way or the other, I guess.