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Everyone Is Expecting Ohio State Will Hire This Former Player As WR Coach

Ohio State football players running onto the field.

COLUMBUS - NOVEMBER 10: The Ohio State Buckeyes run onto the field before the game against the Illinois Fighting Illini at Ohio Stadium November 10, 2007 in Columbus, Ohio. Illinois defeated Ohio State 28-21. (Photo by David Maxwell/Getty Images)

Ohio State is in the market for a new wide receivers coach. The Buckeyes dismissed Zach Smith earlier tonight in the wake of domestic violence allegations.

While losing Smith isn't ideal, and his legal troubles could be a black eye for the program, the Buckeyes are well-positioned to replace him. They appear to have the ideal candidate already on staff.

Brian Hartline was a star wide receiver at OSU from 2005-08 before embarking on a productive NFL career. His playing career ended in 2015, but he was on OSU's staff last year in a quality control role.

Many expect Hartline will be promoted to wide receivers coach full-time now. In fact, Austin Ward of Lettermen Row reports that he has been named to the position on an interim basis.

Former Ohio State tight end Jake Stoneburner weighed in with his support for Hartline on Twitter.

Hartline appears to make perfect sense for several reasons. We'll keep you posted on if he winds up being hired.

For some other potential candidates for the job, 11W has put together a quality list here.