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Urban Meyer Names New Interim Wide Receivers Coach

A closeup of Urban Meyer on Ohio State's sideline.

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - DECEMBER 02: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes looks on as they play the Wisconsin Badgers during the first half of the the Big Ten Championship game at Lucas Oil Stadium on December 2, 2017 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

Earlier this week, Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer fired assistant Zach Smith after domestic violence allegations were levied against the wide receivers coach. Thursday, he named Smith's replacement - at least on an interim basis.

Meyer has reportedly promoted former Buckeye wideout Brian Hartline to serve as interim wide receivers coach. Hartline had previously been working in a quality control position with the team.

Hartline joined the program ahead of the 2017 season. Meyer also announced that his son-in-law, Corey Dennis, had been elevated to a quality control position.

Meyer's decision comes just days after the team was left with a vacancy at the wide receivers coaching position.

Hartline, who is 31 years old, starred at Ohio State and was taken in the fourth round of the 2009 NFL Draft. He played for the Miami Dolphins and the Cleveland Browns. His last year in the league came in 2015.

Hartline had over 1,000 yards receiving twice in his career. He was a productive player before tearing his PCL in 2014.

It remains to be seen whether Hartline will be given the full-time job. Something tells us it'll have to do with performance. Ohio State kicks off its season against Oregon State in early September.