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Report Suggests Alex Grinch Could Join Ohio State's Staff

Ohio State players interacting with fans as they leave the field.

COLUMBUS, OH - SEPTEMBER 7: Fans congratulate the Ohio State Buckeyes as they leave the field following their 42-7 victory over the San Diego State Aztecs at Ohio Stadium on September 7, 2013 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)

According to a report, Alex Grinch is a candidate to join Ohio State's staff.

According to a report from Football Scoop, Washington State defensive coordinator Alex Grinch is a "candidate" to leave the Cougars and join Ohio State's staff.

On January 9, all FBS programs will be allowed a slot for a 10th assistant coach. Football Scoop reports that Grinch would not take anyone's job - he'd take that 10th slot.

Sources indicated Grinch would not replace an active Ohio State assistant; rather, he would serve as the Buckeyes’ 10th assistant, which will become effective for all FBS programs on Jan. 9. If the move gets completed, it’s a window into how the elite FBS programs are looking to fill their newly-created staff positions. Grinch earned $600,000 at Washington State, according to the USA Today coaching salary database.

Washington State, this past season, was No. 15 in total defense.

Grinch's potential departure would not come as a surprise. He's been rumored to be talking to Texas A&M and Arkansas, among other programs. ESPN's Adam Rittenberg also teased the idea of Grinch winding up "in Ohio" this week.

Washington State defensive coordinator Alex Grinch is very much in demand and could be on the move after the Cougars' bowl game. While he's been mentioned for SEC openings, Grinch is an Ohio native who may end up back in the Midwest. It's unlikely WSU, which I've heard is reducing its football spending, could match some of the offers Grinch will receive.

The Cougars finished this past season with a 9-3 record, finishing third in the Pac-12 North. On December 28, they'll take on Michigan State in the San Diego County Credit Union Holiday Bowl.