The Ohio State football program has hired its last full-time coach

The Ohio State football program has hired its final full-time coach by promoting a GA to a full-time role. It's the right move.

Sep 16, 2023; Columbus, Ohio, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes assitant coach James Laurinaitis talks on the
Sep 16, 2023; Columbus, Ohio, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes assitant coach James Laurinaitis talks on the / Adam Cairns/Columbus Dispatch / USA
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The Ohio State football program has been waiting to hire its final full-time coach for a while now. You are allowed to have ten full-time assistant coaches. The Buckeyes have been sitting at nine since they hired Chip Kelly to take over as offensive coordinator once Bill O'Brien left.

Ryan Day has made a decision on who to bring in. Day has decided to promote James Laurinaitis to a full-time role as linebackers coach. The Buckeyes now have an equal amount of coaches on the offensive and defensive side of the ball, which was not the case last year.

The Ohio State football program decides to keep a Buckeye legend happy

Keeping Laurinaitis is a smart move for the Buckeyes. He's a legendary football player who has a tree out in Buckeye Grove and is one of the best linebackers in program history. He's going to be a great recruiter to go along with Jim Knowles. It also will keep the alums happy too.

Ohio State doesn't have a full-time special teams coach now, which I think is perfectly fine. Parker Fleming was a disaster last season, so why take up a full-time coaching slot if the special teams are going to stink? Day can help with that unit on his own since he's not calling plays now anyway.

The Buckeyes' coaching staff and roster should be completely set as we head into Spring ball now. Perhaps they poach someone from UCLA still, but roster movement is likely done until April. Ohio State can now just focus purely on player development and recruiting.

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I think Laurinaitis is going to make the linebackers better. I also think he's a strong recruiter. To me, it's a no-brainer to promote him. Ohio State football fans will be happy to see this news too. Buckeye fans love Laurinaitis, as they should.