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Meyer Reportedly Rounds Out Coaching Staff
By Brandon Castel

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Urban Meyer will officially introduce his new coaching staff to the Ohio State players in a team meeting on Tuesday morning.

It appears he has filled out the remaining vacancies on that staff with a pair of former Notre Dame assistant coaches. The Chicago Tribune reports Meyer will add Tim Hinton and Ed Warinner, a pair of Ohio natives with major Midwest ties.

Sources indicated Hinton, who coached the running backs in South Bend, will replace John Peterson as the tight ends coach in Columbus. Warinner, a 50-year old a native of Strasburg, Ohio, will continue to coach the offensive line, which he has done at Army, Air Force, Kansas, Illinois and most recently Notre Dame.

Ohio State would not confirm the hires until they become official—or until Meyer says they’re official—but Notre Dame did confirm that both coaches had left Brian Kelly’s staff to ‘pursue other opportunities.’

Warinner played football and basketball at the University of Mount Union in the early 1980’s and broke into coaching in 1984 as a running backs coach at the University of Akron.

He spent two years coaching the linebackers and secondary at Michigan State but quickly moved back to the offensive side of the ball as an assistant at both Army and Air Force from 1987-2002.

His second stint in the Big Ten came as the offensive line coach at Illinois from 2005-06 under Ron Turner, now the quarterbacks coach with the Indianapolis Colts. He also spent two different stints at Kansas under Mark Mangino before joining Kelly’s staff in South Bend in 2010.

Hinton also joined Kelly’s staff at Notre Dame in 2010 after serving as his running backs coach at Cincinnati from 2008-09. He also coached the Bearcat running backs from 2004-06 under current Michigan State head coach—and former Ohio State defensive coordinator—Mark Dantonio.

The 51-year old Hinton is a native of Ohio who graduated from Wilmington College in 1982. After a brief stint as an assistant coach at Amanda-Clearcreek High School, Hinton returned to his alma mater to coach the wide receivers from 1982-84.

The next year he became a graduate assistant at Ohio State under former head coach Earle Bruce. That was when he first met Urban Meyer, who was also a grad assistant with the Buckeyes.

Hinton was a member of the Ohio High School Football Coaches Association, having served as the head coach at Zane Trace and Van Wert high schools before a 10-year stint at Marion Harding.

He knows the Ohio high school landscape as well as anyone and helped Notre Dame land a commitment from 4-star offensive tackle Taylor Decker out of Vandalia Butler. One of the top players in the state of Ohio for 2012, Decker has been committed to the Irish since March, but could reconsider the Buckeyes now that two of his coaches are headed to Columbus.

Hinton and Warinner would round out Meyer’s coaching staff at nine assistants. On offense, they would join coordinator Tom Herman—who will also coach the quarterbacks, receivers coach Zach Smith—who will also coach special teams, and Stan Drayton—who moves back to coaching running backs after one year working with Ohio State’s receivers.

The defense will be led by coordinator Luke Fickell—who served as interim head coach this year and co-defensive coordinator Everett Withers—who will help with the defensive backs. Meyer also retained linebackers coach Mike Vrabel and cornerbacks coach Taver Johnson. 

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