By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The Oklahoma Sooners has hired Alex Grinch as the team’s new Defensive Coordinator. He joins the Sooners after spending one season with the Ohio State Buckeyes.
Grinch is a big hire for Lincoln Riley’s staff. He replaces Ruffin McNeill, who served as the Sooners Interim Defensive Coordinator.
McNeill replaced Mike Stoops, who was fired by Riley in October.
Grinch served as the Buckeyes Co-Defensive Coordinator during the 2018 season. He was the Co-Defensive Coordinator/Safeties Coach with the Buckeyes with Greg Schiano, who served as the Associate Head Coach/Defensive Coordinator.
The former college football head coach is also expected to leave the Buckeyes this off-season, as well.
Before being hired by the Buckeyes, Grinch was the Washington State Cougars Defensive Coordinator/Defensive Backs Coach from 2015 through 2017. He served as the Missouri Tigers Safeties Coach from 2012 through 2014.
He also was the Wyoming Cowboys Defensive Backs Coach from 2009 through 2011. He was the New Hampshire Wildcats Defensive Backs/Recruiting Coordinator in 2007 and 2008.
Grinch also was the Wildcats Cornerbacks Coach in 2005 and 2006. He began his coaching career as the Missouri Tigers Graduate Assistant in 2002 through 2004.
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