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CBS Calls Ohio State's Alex Grinch One Of The Best Assistant Coaching Hires Of Offseason

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Like pretty much every program these days, Ohio State went through some staff changes this offseason.

Some of them were unplanned, like cornerbacks coach Kerry Coombs' departure for the NFL's Tennessee Titans. But one move the Buckeyes did plan, and then execute, stands out.

Ohio State hired Washington State defensive coordinator Alex Grinch away from the Cougars and into an unannounced staff role in Columbus. Grinch reportedly received a hefty pay raise to come to OSU, where he will likely be a co-defensive coordinator working with Greg Schiano.

CBS Sports ranked the top nine offseason assistant coaching hires and put Grinch at No. 2 on the list. Only Mike Elko leaving Notre Dame to become DC at Texas A&M was ranked higher.

Here's what CBS Sports said about Grinch:

At only 37 years old, Grinch has emerged quickly as one of the rising stars in the coaching profession. He took a notoriously bad defense under Mike Leach and turned it into a strength, making Washington State into a Pac-12 North contender in the process. Prior to his arrival in Pullman, Washington State had the No. 97 defense nationally. He left Pullman with the unit ranked 16th. At Ohio State, Grinch will back fill in a secondary that loses cornerbacks coach Kerry Coombs to the Tennessee Titans. He brings all kinds of pressure packages to a defense that has been relatively vanilla up front and he keeps Urban Meyer at the top of the food chain, hip checking some other big-name programs out of the way to land Grinch.

Meyer and Nick Saban continuously make a habit of hiring high-quality assistants, which is partially why Ohio State and Alabama are so good every year.

Grinch looks to be the latest hire that fits that criteria. He joins a loaded defensive staff in Columbus that includes Schiano and defensive line coach Larry Johnson.

Ohio State opens up its 2018 season at home against Oregon State on Sept. 1.