Ohio State has game day coaching positions in place but Buckeyes aren’t telling where coaches will be


For most college football programs around the country, this week is about preparing for the first game of the 2022 season. While the major part of this is making sure players are ready to compete at their highest level when the foot hits the ball, there are also decisions that have to be made about game day roles for new staff members.

This is the case at Ohio State. Head coach Ryan Day made four changes to his staff this offseason, three on defense and one on offense. This means the Buckeyes have to figure out where these four new coaches are going to be prior to the Scarlet and Gray’s primetime game against Notre Dame on Saturday.

While Ohio State had multiple scrimmages this fall camp to iron out the details, the team is keeping coaching positions for game day close to the vest.

“I think we’ve gone back and forth on that,” Day said when asked where the new staff members would be come Saturday. (*2*)

On offense, this means not much will change. New associate head coach for offensive/offensive line coach Justin Frye should remain on the sideline as Greg Studrawa, his predecessor with the Buckeyes, did. If all does in fact stay the same, Frye will join Day, running backs coach Tony Alford and wide receivers coach Brian Hartline as the offensive coaches on the sideline while offensive coordinator Kevin Wilson and quarterbacks coach Corey Dennis provide a bird’s eye information from the press box.

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As for the defensive side of the ball, those interested will have to wait and see where the coaches will be stationed on game day. The Buckeyes have three new defensive coaches in defensive coordinator Jim Knowles, secondary coach/cornerbacks coach Tim Walton and safeties coach Perry Eliano, all of which will have different roles on game day. Defensive line coach Larry Johnson is the lone holdover from last year and he has traditionally remained on the sideline for days.

“I prefer what works best,” Knowles said when asked about his preference on where he likes to coach on game day. (*4*)

During his time at Oklahoma State, Knowles did in fact coach from both spots, spending his last two years in the press box after he was on the field his first two seasons. Last year, Ohio State defensive coordinator Kerry Coombs coached from the field for the first couple of games before Day moved him to the box and moved Matt Barnes to the field to call the defensive plays.

“Who knows,” Knowles said. (*7*)

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While the secrecy behind where coaches will coach from on game day is a bit out of the ordinary — Oklahoma State, for instance, lists in its game notes where coaches were located for each year — it does seem the Scarlet and Gray have a plan in place. They just aren’t saying what it is.

“I’ve got it worked out. I’m just not telling you,” Knowles said with a smile.