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Urban Meyer Announces Ohio State's New Coaching Hire

A closeup of Urban Meyer wearing a red Ohio State jacket.

GLENDALE, AZ - DECEMBER 31: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes watches the action during the second half of the 2016 PlayStation Fiesta Bowl against the Clemson Tigers at University of Phoenix Stadium on December 31, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

The Buckeyes have a new assistant coach.

Ohio State has hired Kerry Coombs' replacement. The Buckeyes' new coach is a former OSU assistant.

Urban Meyer confirmed on Tuesday morning that Ohio State is hiring Taver Johnson. The Temple defensive coordinator last worked at OSU in 2011. He'll coach the cornerbacks.

“I am really pleased to have Taver Johnson join our coaching staff,” Meyer said in a press release. “I’ve known Taver for a long time, going back to our days at Notre Dame, and I think he is a terrific coach and person.

“He’ll do an excellent job coaching our cornerbacks and mentoring the young men in our program.”

Johnson comes to Ohio State after serving one season on Temple's staff. He previously coached at Purdue and Arkansas.

The Cincinnati native served on Ohio State's staff from 2007-11. He left the Buckeyes in '11 for a job with the Razorbacks.

Johnson played collegiately at Wittenberg University in Ohio. He was a two-time All-American.

Ohio State's coaching staff will feature a couple of new faces in 2018. The Buckeyes also hired Washington State defensive coordinator Alex Grinch.