Ohio State keeps adding to its already impressive staff. Now, former Buckeye assistant and current FBS offensive coordinator Parker Fleming is reportedly heading back to Columbus.
Fleming coached under Meyer early in his tenure on the offensive and special teams sides of the ball. In 2014, he left for a job as special teams coordinator at James Madison.
In 2016, he left James Madison for Texas State. Everett Withers was hired away from JMU to be the head coach of the Bobcats, and Fleming followed him.
Withers had been the associate head coach and co-defensive coordinator at Ohio State from 2013-14 before landing the Dukes head coaching job. He was 18-7 at JMU, but has had a rough start at Texas State, with back-to-back 2-10 seasons.
Withers will return for the 2018 season. However, Parker Fleming will take a new position back at Ohio State according to FootballScoop.
We are told Texas State co-offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach Parker Fleming will return to the Ohio State staff. Fleming previously worked with the offense and special teams at Ohio State before leaving in 2014 to be the wide receivers coach and special teams coordinator at James Madison.
Ohio State already added one former coordinator to its on-field staff. Alex Grinch comes over from Washington State, where he was seen as one of the country's top young defensive coordinators.
Grinch was reportedly in line to take over as Cougars head coach, in the event that Mike Leach landed another head coaching job. Instead, the Buckeyes have added him to their staff as co-defensive coordinator.
With that 10th on-field coaching job filled, Fleming will presumably have a different role. It seems likely that he will be a quality control coach or analyst of some sort.
Still, it is very notable that Ohio State keeps pulling in rising young coaches willing to take a lateral move or even step back in terms of role, for the benefit of being on Meyer's staff. That is on top of a staff that has two former Power Conference (and one NFL) head coaches at each coordinator position, in Kevin Wilson and Greg Schiano.