Ed Warinner was reportedly planning on staying at Ohio State, but not as the offensive coordinator. Cleveland.com reported that was expected to accept a lesser role.
But according to Sports Illustrated’s Pete Thamel, Warinner won’t be hanging around in Columbus.
The Buckeye offensive coordinator is reportedly joining P.J. Fleck’s staff at Minnesota:
Source: Ed Warinner is the new offense line coach at Minnesota.
— Pete Thamel (@SIPeteThamel) January 10, 2017
Warinner was replaced by ex-Indiana coach Kevin Wilson last week. Ohio State made Wilson’s arrival official on Tuesday. Newly hired Ryan Day will also serve as co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach.
The departure of Warinner would give Minnesota another experienced assistant. He spent five years as OSU’s offensive coordinator, but was replaced after getting shut out by Clemson in the Fiesta Bowl.
At Ohio State, Warinner spent time coaching the offensive line and the tight ends. As the co-offensive coordinator with Tom Herman in 2014, he helped the Buckeyes to their dominant postseason run and College Football Playoff National Championship.
Warinner was Fleck’s second reported hire so far. On Monday, Fleck reportedly agreed to bring on Arkansas defensive coordinator Robb Smith as the Gophers’ new DC.
Ohio State and Minnesota have yet to confirm Thamel’s report.