Alex Grinch is one of the fastest-rising defensive coaches in the country. He’s not afraid to move around either.
Last year, the Ohio native jumped from Washington State, where he revamped the defense to pair with Mike Leach’s explosive offense, to his home-state Buckeyes.
He shared defensive coordinator duties with Greg Schiano this season, under Urban Meyer.
Schiano has been rumored as a possible departure, especially since Urban Meyer’s decision to retire, and pass the job to offensive coordinator Ryan Day.
It is unclear if the former Rutgers and Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach will remain on staff, but now Grinch looks to be on the move again.
Alex Grinch is taking the defensive coordinator job under Lincoln Riley at Oklahoma.
Riley has developed one of the best offenses in college football, but the defense has been a total mess.
Bruce Feldman broke the news, which had bubbled up as a rumor on the college football corner of the internet this morning, moments ago.
BREAKING: #OhioState’s Alex Grinch is expected to become the next defensive coordinator at #OU, per source. He was a semifinalist for the 2017 Broyles Award. Grinch worked wonders at WAZZU turning a defense ranked outside the top 100 into one ranked No. 34 by the time he left WSU
— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) January 4, 2019
Grinch’s Ohio State defense wasn’t great this year, but it was his first year in the program, and the work he did at Washington State was tremendous.
The 39-year old was floated as a potential replacement for Mike Leach as head coach at Wazzu, if Leach left for the Tennessee job that he interviewed for. Instead, he continues to make the rounds at some of the nation’s elite programs.
If he turns around Oklahoma’s defense, he may find himself coaching in a national championship sometime soon, and would certainly emerge as a top name for big head coaching searches.