After stepping away from Indiana at the end of the 2016 season, Kevin Wilson still has a home on B1G soil.
Ohio State officially announced on Tuesday that the ex-Indiana head coach would be the next offensive coordinator for the Buckeyes. He will also serve as the tight ends coach.
Wilson will be taking over for Ed Warinner, who left Ohio State to join P.J. Fleck’s staff at Minnesota.
During his six-year stint at Indiana, Wilson had an overall record of 26-47 but got the Hoosiers to back-to-back bowl games for the first time in 25 years. IU was also well-known for its potent passing attack while he was in Bloomington, ranking as the B1G’s best in that category in three of those years.
Indiana’s offense ranked third or higher in total yardage in four of the six seasons. In 2015, the Hoosiers led the B1G in scoring (36.5 ppg), passing offense (293.8 ypg), total offense (504.3 ypg) and ranked second in rushing (210.5).
Wilson resigned from Indiana due to philosophical differences with Fred Glass, the school’s athletic director. It was alleged that Wilson had mistreated several players during his time at Indiana, forcing some to play through injury.
Though Ohio State has frequently been atop the conference statistically as well, the Buckeyes struggled to score points in games against Penn State, Northwestern, Michigan State and Michigan, averaging just 23 points per game in those four contests.
In the Fiesta Bowl, Ohio State was shutout by Clemson in a 31-0 loss.
Wilson’s passing expertise fills a void that frustrated head coach Urban Meyer this season. After the loss to Clemson, Meyer said that he knew the Buckeyes needed to get better throwing the football:
"We will become a good passing team, we will. Next year." — Urban Meyer
— Tony Gerdeman (@TonyGerdeman) January 1, 2017
Ohio State has had the talent to compete with the best in the country but have struggled offensively at times.
With Wilson on board, you can bet the Buckeyes will be much more effective offensively and could become one of the best passing teams in the country.