Warinner's Name Still in the Ring for Head Coaching Position at Army
By Rob Ogden
Urban Meyer has already lost one assistant since the Buckeyes' loss in the Big Ten championship Dec. 7, and another one might be in play, as well.
CBSSports.com reported over the weekend that Ohio State offensive line coach Ed Warinner interviewed for the head-coaching vacancy at Army on Friday.
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Rumors surfaced Sunday that Georgia Southern head coach Jeff Monken was offered the job, but those rumors were later disputed by SI.com's Pete Thamel, who said Army had not yet made a decision on its next coach, and wouldn't even be finished conducting interviews until Monday.
Warinner is in his second season with the Buckeyes, a year in which he led one of the county's top offensive lines and rushing attacks.
From 1987-1999, Warinner served as an assistant at Army, most notably as the Black Knights' offensive coordinator from 1998-1999.
He also spent three seasons as the offensive line coach at Air Force from 2000-2002.
"That's awesome. That's not surprising," senior center Corey Linsley said about the possibility of Warinner becoming a head coach. "I think he'd be a heck of a head coach. I know that he loves coaching us and being here, and that would be a really cool opportunity for him.”
Warinner is at least the third Buckeye assistant that has been a finalist for a head coaching position since the end of the regular season.
Last week, co-defensive coordinator Everett Withers accepted an offer to become James Madison's head coach.
Dukes athletic director Jeff Bourne said Friday that Withers will remain with the Buckeyes through the Jan. 3 Orange Bowl against Clemson before taking over at James Madison.
Ohio State running backs coach Stan Drayton was a finalist for the Florida Atlantic job.
Meyer said last week that he has received many phone calls inquiring about his assistants from schools looking for a head coach.
He didn't have a single assistant hired away following the Buckeyes' 12-0 season in 2012.
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