Ed Warinner may be leaving Ohio State for Minnesota, but not in the same role that he has with the Buckeyes.
According to Sports Illustrated‘s Pete Thamel, Warinner is joining P.J. Fleck’s Golden Gophers staff, but rather than be the program’s offensive coordinator, he will coach the offensive line.
Source: Ed Warinner is the new offense line coach at Minnesota.
— Pete Thamel (@SIPeteThamel) January 10, 2017
On Monday night, FootballScoop tweeted that there were rumors that Warinner could be in line for the coordinator job with the Gophers. Now, it appears that he’s taking a step down with the move.
A lot of buzz around the AFCA that PJ Fleck has targeted Ohio State OC Ed Warinner for same role at Minnesota
— FootballScoop Staff (@FootballScoop) January 10, 2017
This report coincides with Ohio State’s official announcement of former Indiana head coach Kevin Wilson as the Buckeyes’ new coordinator.
Ohio State has confirmed Kevin Wilson as new Off Coord, Ryan Day as CO-OC and QB coach.
— Tim May (@TIM_MAYsports) January 10, 2017
Minnesota fans should be happy with the addition of a fairly prominent assistant like Warinner, though reading the tea leaves, it seems like he might have been out at Ohio State no matter what. He is an accomplished offensive line coach, though, with experience at Army, Illinois, Kansas, and Notre Dame leading that position.