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Per Yahoo’s Pete Thamel, Kerry Coombs is Leaving for the Tennessee Titans

Kerry Coombs

 

After successfully warding off new Tennessee Titans head coach Mike Vrabel from plucking Ohio State co-offensive coordinator Ryan Day from Urban Meyer’s Ohio State staff, it appears as though Meyer was not so fortunate in keeping the former Buckeye defensive end from luring OSU cornerbacks coach Kerry Coombs to the NFL.

Ohio State has not yet confirmed the news, but a source close to the situation told The-Ozone that Coombs has told the players of his decision to leave.

The loss would be significant for the Buckeyes. Coombs was hired in 2012 by Meyer and since his arrival he has produced a first round NFL draft pick or First-Team All-Big Ten selection each season at Ohio State. No team has produced more first-round draft picks at cornerback than Coombs and Ohio State since 2012.

Not only has Coombs been arguably the best developer of cornerback talent in college football, he is also one of the nation’s best recruiters. His departure will be difficult to fill and Urban Meyer’s decision on how to replace him will carry a significant impact on the Ohio State defense moving forward.

This is the second year in a row that Coombs was sought after by a former Buckeye. Last year, Luke Fickell wanted to take him with him to the University of Cincinnati, but Meyer was able to keep Coombs at OSU. This time, however, it doesn’t appear as though he will be successful in keeping Coombs from heading off to another coaching job.

We will have more on this as the situation develops.

 

22 Responses

  1. If I could pick only one of the assistants not to leave… it would be Coombs. He cranks out 1st round draft choices year after year. OSU has become DB U.

  2. No big deal. Every one is replaceable except Meyer!

  3. If KC is leaving over money, then shame on OSU. If he is leaving for the challenge of coaching at the next level, then good for him. If Tennessee wants him, then it was only a matter of time before someone else came knocking. Would people be as upset if he had been recruited by Bill Belichik?

  4. I HOPE VRABEL LOOSES EVERY GAME. NOT NICE TO POACH HIS ALMA MATER. LOVED COACH COMBS. MOTIVATOR ,HIGH ENERGY, GET IT ALL TYPE OF GUY. WON;T BE ABLE TO GET THE OVER PAID NASTY FOUL LEAGUE PLAYERS AS HYPED UP. GOOD LUCK COACH COMBS. I DO NOT WATCH THE NFL. I LOVE COLLEGE FOOTBALL AND MY BUCKEYES. GO BUCKS. NEXT MAN UP.

  5. Coombs making $429k after being named recruiter of the year, bring in a no name from Washington State and pay him $800k? Hope Urban knows what he’s doing.

  6. This is a bog loss for OSU and while Coombs made his own choice to leave, I’m getting really, really annoyed by Vrabel even trying to poach the OSU coaching staff..something about that doesn’t sit well with me I guess….

  7. I agree Vrabel go away Coombs was the last coach that I thought would leave for nfl

  8. Best of luck to Coach Coombs in his new position. This is a huge loss for the Buckeyes.

  9. OSU is hated by most until it’s time to get our assistant coaches, than everyone loves OSU. No doubt the man’s record stands for itself!

  10. Bet It is about money and and retirement, good move for him, he has earned it. My favorite Bucks coach.

  11. Not very cool at all by Vrabel. I guess from now on, we will understand that when a ex buckeye player or coach gets a head coaching job, it is very bad news for us and we should not cheer for his success. Unbelievable. On defense, this is probably the one coach you do not want to lose. Very disappointing, and I am not sure it’s the best decision. He could have coached here for many years to come with a great salary that most of us don’t even dream about. No one is satisfied any more. Give me more and more and more….and I want it all now.

  12. Hurry!! Name Coombs defensive co-ordinator!

    1. He’s already the Ass. Defensive Coordinator.With Meyer giving incoming Coach Grinch the same title it should have been an alarm that either coach Schiano or Coach Coombs was leaving.I would have much preferred Ryan Day to leave. He’s done zada for Ohio State.

  13. Sorry to see Coombs leaving Buckeye Land. I’ve enjoyed his sideline enthusiasm, and I know he did a great job for the Bucks in coaching the DBs and recruiting. But I’m sure he’s reaching an age that it’s important to grab an opportunity to advance to the next level if that’s his choice.
    I’m sure Urban will “Coombs” the countryside for a solid successor. Chances are, he’s already got someone(s) in mind – maybe he’s already got a choice yet to be announced.
    GO BUCKS!

  14. Fiery coach and great motivator with Ohio ties. Will be missed. Although he produced some great DB’s much of that was great recruiting. Is Grinch slated to take over this role? Hope he does as well. Can’t fault Vrabel. His success depends his coaching staff as well. Urban needs to step up and make a great hire.

  15. Well, really now…Combs has spent his career in Cincinnati HS ball. OSU was a big step up for him. The NoFunLeague is the next step, and his chance for the Big Time. Day has been there already, and knows he just has to throw his hat back in that ring and he’s good to go. Combs isn’t getting any younger, and this may be his only opportunity. Thanks KC, and good luck. After you get your taste, you may want to come back, and I’m sure you’ll be welcomed back with open arms from Buckeye Nation.

    1. Well, he’s actually spent the last 9 years at the College level. That means that when he stepped up to College ball every kid in this recruiting cycle was in the 3rd grade, or maybe the 4th. He had already spent a couple of years an Cincinnati before coming to Ohio State.

      When he first got to Ohio State I wasn’t sold on him to say the least. He turned out to be one of the best corners coaches in the Country.

      Best of luck to Coach Coombs. I hope the CEO of the Buckeyes has a ready open door for him if he decides to come back.

  16. NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!! Best of luck to Coach Coombs, but MAN! What a blow to the Buckeye secondary!

  17. Good luck to coach Coombs. He will be missed. Great coach and recruiter. Most intense coach on the staff. Lets hope Grinch can step in and do a good job.

  18. I know Vrabel is OSU royalty and this comment will not be a popular one but his poaching SOB is really starting to piss me off

    1. As for Vrabel’s poaching, this is his first head coaching gig, and I’m sure he’d like it to be a successful one. Can we blame him for wanting to hire the best assistants he can find, regardless of where they come from? Successful beats sentimental any day. And the fact he’s looking Ohio State’s way for help is a tribute not only to his Buckeye fondness, but also to the quality of people Urban’s brought on staff.

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