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Ohio State hires Bill O’Brien as offensive coordinator

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Bill O’Brien is returning to the college ranks. He has been hired as the Ohio State Buckeyes offensive coordinator.

O’Brien joins the Buckeyes after Ryan Day said that he was going to hire a new offensive coordinator following the 2023 season. Previously, former Buckeye Brian Hartline was the team’s offensive coordinator.

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At this time, it is unclear what role Hartline will have next season if he remains on the staff.

Day is under considerable pressure from the fan base going into the 2024 season. He has not defeated the Michigan Wolverines; their biggest rival, for the past three seasons.

Plus, the Buckeyes failed to show up in their bowl game. They were defeated 14-3 by the Missouri Tigers in the Cotton Bowl Classic in December.

O’Brien spent the 2023 season with the New England Patriots. He became available when Bill Belichick and the organization decided to part ways last week.

New Patriots coach Jerod Mayo did not make O’Brien a part of his new coaching staff.

Before being hired by the Patriots, O’Brien was previously the Alabama Crimson Tide offensive coordinator. He also served as the Houston Texans head coach and Penn State Nittany Lions head coach.

He has mentored legendary quarterback Tom Brady when he was in his younger days with the Patriots. He helped mentor Deshaun Watson with the Texans.

While serving as the Crimson Tide offensive coordinator, he mentored Bryce Young, who was the No. 1 overall pick in the 2023 NFL Draft. Young also won the Heisman Trophy with O’Brien’s help before his departure for the NFL.

Right now, there is no clear-cut favorite for the Buckeyes quarterback position. Will Howard, who transferred in from Kansas State, is the veteran of the bunch.

Barring transfers, Devin Brown, who started the Cotton Bowl Classic before being injured; Lincoln Kienholz, and Mason Maggs is also expected to be on the depth chart.

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Anthony Caruso III
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Anthony Caruso III is the Publisher of The Capital Sports Report. He has been in the Journalism field since August 2002. Since that time, Mr. Caruso has covered many marquee events. This includes 13 Heisman Trophy ceremonies, 2 Little World Series events, and one Army-Navy College Football game.
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