2 defensive coaches hired as Ohio State revamps staff

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Ohio State wide receiver Marvin Harrison Jr., center left, celebrates his touchdown catch with offensive lineman Luke Wypler during the first half of the Rose Bowl NCAA college football game against Utah on Saturday, Jan. 1, 2022 in Pasadena, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

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Ohio State coach Ryan Day continued to revamp his coaching staff by hiring two defensive assistants on Friday.

Tim Walton, a former Ohio State player who has spent the past 13 years coaching in the NFL, most recently with the Jacksonville Jaguars, was added as a cornerback/secondary coach.

Perry Eliano, who coached cornerbacks for the past two seasons under Luke Fickell in Cincinnati, will be the Buckeyes’ new safety/secondary coach. The Bearcats’ best national pass defense helped them qualify for the College Football Playoffs.

Matt Barnes, the secondary coach last season who took over as the main game manager after coordinator Kerry Coombs was demoted during the season, has been named defensive coordinator at Memphis.

Day previously replaced Coombs with Oklahoma State defensive coordinator Jim Knowles.

Offensive line coach Greg Studrawa and linebackers coach Al Washington will also not return to the Buckeyes.

Coombs, the defensive coordinator for the past two seasons, was ousted after the defense struggled last season against better teams, including a 35-28 loss to Oregon and a 42-27 loss to Boston. Michigan.

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