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Mike Vrabel Is Reportedly Trying To Hire 2 Top Big Ten Assistants

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CLEVELAND, OH - OCTOBER 22: A player rests on a Tennessee Titans helmet before the game against the Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium on October 22, 2017 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

The former Ohio State star is looking at hiring two Big Ten assistants.

Mike Vrabel has been the Tennessee Titans head coach for about a day. He's already begun looking to fill his staff.

The former Ohio State player and assistant coach has focused his sights on the Big Ten for a couple of positions on his staff. Both Michigan and Ohio State are at-risk of losing coaches to the NFL.

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that Buckeyes' quarterbacks coach/co-offensive coordinator Ryan Day is a target of Vrabel's. He wants him for his offensive coordinator position.

Day, 38, turned down SEC head coaching positions to stay with Urban Meyer. He's believed to be considering Vrabel's offer.

Another former Ohio State assistant coach is a target of Vrabel. Former Ohio State co-offensive coordinator Ed Warinner, who was at Minnesota, had reportedly taken a job on Jim Harbaugh's staff at Michigan.

Vrabel, though, is reportedly eyeing him for a spot on his staff. It's unclear if Warinner will take it.

From Football Scoop:

Minnesota offensive line coach Ed Warinner, who just accepted a position on Michigan’s staff, is a candidate to join Mike Vrabel’s staff as offensive line coach sources tell FootballScoop. Warinner was selected by prior winners as the 2014 & the 2012 FootballScoop Offensive Line Coach of the Year.

Warinner had reportedly been offered an offensive analyst position at Michigan, not an on-field coaching role. If that's the case, it shouldn't be surprising if he leaves the Wolverines for the Titans.

Day, meanwhile, probably has a tougher decision to make. Collegiate head coaching deals will likely continue to roll in for him if he stays in Columbus. But the allure of the NFL might be too much to pass on.