Ohio State Confirms Herman Hired as Meyer’s New OC, QB Coach
By Brandon Castel
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio State confirmed rumors Friday that Urban Meyer has found his man, at last.
As we reported earlier, the Buckeyes have hired Tom Herman as their new quarterbacks coach, and the former Iowa State assistant will also serve as Meyer’s new offensive coordinator in Columbus.
“Tom Herman has one of the bright young minds in college football. His philosophies are very similar to those of my own,” Meyer said.
“I spoke to numerous colleagues about Tom and all had great things to say about him. I enjoyed our time together during the interview process and I am excited to have him on the staff.”
A native of Cincinnati who was raised in Simi Valley, Calif., Herman has been at Iowa State for three seasons after spending two years as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Rice.
“To work with and for Coach Meyer is an exciting opportunity for me,” the 35-year old Herman said.
“I am really looking forward to working with him and learning about his offensive systems. And to be able to coach with him at The Ohio State University is simply a dream come true.”
Herman was the architect of one of the nation’s most prolific offenses at Rice in 2008, which broke over 40 school records and went to a bowl game for the first time since 1954. The Owls ranked in the Top 10 nationally in 2008 in passing offense (5th; 327.8), scoring offense (T8th; 41.6) and total offense (10th; 472.3).
Two Rice receivers had more than 1,300 yards receiving that year, tight end James Casey had 111 catches and quarterback Chase Clement was the Conference USA MVP.
He joined Paul Rhoads staff at Iowa State in 2009 when Roads—a former graduate assistant at Ohio State under John Cooper—took over the program for Gene Chizik, who left to become the head coach at Auburn.
Herman brought new life to Iowa State’s offense as its coordinator and quarterbacks coach. The Cyclones averaged nearly 400 yards of offense in 2011. They put up 44 points in a triple-overtime win over Iowa and tallied 37 in a double-overtime upset of then-undefeated and No. 2 Oklahoma State.
He will continue to coach the Iowa State offense through their appearance in the Pinstripe Bowl against Rutgers on Dec. 30 at Yankee Stadium. He will officially assume his new role as the offensive coordinator in Columbus after the Buckeyes face Florida in the Gator Bowl on Jan. 2.
Herman replaced Jim Bollman as offensive coordinator and Nic Siciliano as quarterbacks coach. The Buckeyes are also expected to retain Stan Drayton on offense along with Luke Fickell and Taver Johnson on defense.
The rest of Meyer’s staff should continue to take shape during the month of December.
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