Former Indiana head coach Kevin Wilson has been named Ohio State's offensive coordinator. THE HERALD-TIMES via AP
COLUMBUS — Ohio State announced Tuesday that former Indiana head coach Kevin Wilson is joining the Buckeyes’ staff as the offensive coordinator.
Indiana and Wilson parted ways on Dec. 1 amid allegations of player mistreatment. Wilson — who was due approximately $2.5 million if fired without cause — settled for $542,000 in what the school termed a “resignation.”
Several of Wilson’s Indiana players used social media to defend him and dispute the allegations at the time of the change.
In a press conference after the regular season, Hoosiers director of athletics Fred Glass said there was “no smoking gun or precipitating event” that led to the move.
“I think it’s really a realization by myself and Kevin that we’re just not on the same page about some — what I view as key — ways the program needs to be led,” Glass said Dec. 1.
Wilson replaces Tim Beck, who left Ohio State to become the offensive coordinator at Texas. Former Buckeyes offensive coordinator Tom Herman accepted the Longhorns’ head coaching position after two seasons at Houston.
Ed Warinner, who was the co-offensive coordinator with Beck for the past two seasons, is headed to Minnesota to be the Gophers’ offensive line coach, according to a Sports Illustrated report.
According to Ohio State, Wilson also will coach tight ends, while Ryan Day — who Ohio State hired after its 31-0 loss to Clemson in the Fiesta Bowl — will be the co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach.
Bill Davis will coach the linebackers.
In six seasons at Indiana, Wilson’s teams went 26-47 but saw rare flickers of success within the Big Ten. Though Wilson never finished with a winning record, Indiana made two bowl games in his six seasons, which included four consecutive victories against rival Purdue.
Wilson’s Indiana teams were most notable for their offenses, which finished first or second in the Big Ten in passing yards three of the past four seasons. In 2015, the Hoosiers averaged 504 total yards and 36.5 points per game and led the Big Ten in passing yards, points, and total offense.
After Wilson’s departure from Indiana, the Indianapolis Star reported that complaints regarding treatment of players prompted the athletic department to investigate Wilson’s program on two separate occasions. Glass told the newspaper that the investigations played a part in the separation.
Ironically, Wilson’s first game with the Buckeyes will come in a familiar place. Ohio State opens the 2017 season with a Big Ten game: Aug. 31 at Indiana.
NOTES: Former Alabama cornerback Kendall Sheffield committed to Ohio State, where he is enrolled and will be eligible to play immediately. Sheffield — rated the top junior college cornerback — most recently played at Blinn (Texas) College. … Buckeyes tight end Marcus Baugh said he will return for his senior season in 2017. Baugh was fourth on the team with 24 receptions, 269 receiving yards, and two touchdowns as a junior. … Ohio State finished sixth in the final Associated Press top 25 poll, which the AP released Tuesday. National champion Clemson finished No. 1, followed by Alabama, Southern California, Washington, and Oklahoma. The Buckeyes were the highest-ranked Big Ten team, followed by No. 7 Penn State, No. 9 Wisconsin, and No. 10 Michigan.