Ohio State announces Wilson’s hiring as offensive coordinator

Kevin Wilson won’t have to wait long for his return to Memorial Stadium.

Ohio State officially announced Tuesday that Wilson has been hired as the Buckeyes’ offensive coordinator and tight ends coach. Wilson abruptly resigned as Indiana’s head coach on Dec. 1 due to what IU athletic director Fred Glass characterized as “philosophical differences.”

Wilson’s first game in his new role will come against the Hoosiers on Aug. 31 in Bloomington. SB Nation’s Crimson Quarry first reported Wilson’s move to Columbus last week.

Wilson and Ohio State coach Urban Meyer share a friendship that dates to Wilson’s time as offensive coordinator at Northwestern and Meyer’s time as Bowling Green coach. Those programs faced each other in 2001 before Wilson’s Oklahoma offense met Meyer’s Florida program in the 2009 BCS National Championship Game.

“Offensively, that guy’s a heck of a coach,” Meyer said of Wilson in 2012. “He was at Northwestern back in the Randy Walker era. He was one of the originators of this uptempo. We actually coached against him when I was at Bowling Green in ’01. They had Zach (Kustok), remember that whole crew? Tremendous. He was on the cutting edge.

“Then he went to Oklahoma and we coached against him there, and they were tremendous with (Sam) Bradford and that whole group. … I’ve always loved his coaching.”

Wilson compiled a 26-47 record across six seasons at Indiana, coaching the team to back-to-back six win seasons in 2015 and 2016. Prior to his IU tenure, Wilson won the 2008 Frank Broyles Award as the nation’s top assistant coach.

Although he oversaw several record-setting offensive seasons during his 25-year coaching career, Wilson heads to Columbus carrying off-the-field baggage following several reports of player mistreatment during his time at IU.

He was the subject of two external investigations while at Indiana, leaving his post on Dec. after having agreed to a severance package of $542,000 paid out over the course of the next year. That amount will not be mitigated by his new salary at Ohio State.

Meyer had been displeased with Ohio State’s passing game in 2016, with the Buckeyes finishing sixth in the Big Ten with 213.9 passing yards per game. Ohio State lost to Clemson, 31-0, in last month’s College Football Playoff Semifinal.

15 comments

  1. Good Luck Coach Wilson except for the first game in 2017. I would have preferred he landed somewhere other than Ohio State. Pulling off an upset win over Ohio State would be sweet in 2017.

  2. This solidifies the Bucks march in the B1G East. Should be good Allen’s D against KW’s O. This will be a positive upgrade for Barrett’s performance.

  3. Do you guys think Wilson’s offensive issues at IU this season was strictly a lack of talent? Was it a matter of CKW not being involved enough in the offense? Will the same schemes that could not put points on the board at IU succeed at OSU? Will he change anything that OSU has been doing?

    Obviously, we’re comparing apples to spacecraft but what would you guess he’ll do similarly/differently at OSU?

  4. Coach Allen got to play against the Wilson’s offense everyday. The personnel will be different but the plays won’t be a complete surprise to I U defense.

  5. Alabama should have rolled with Wilson instead of that USC/U Dub dude.

    It is a travesty that OSU will now have access to all of the intricate details and the lore that is IU Football. They sort of gave us Bobby. I guess this is the best we can do to return the favor.

  6. Chet – the IU offensive was one of the best in the BIG 10 from 2012 thru 2015, with walk-on talent, 2* and 3* recruits….just think of what he will be able to do with eager 4* and 5* recruits that want to go to the next level (NFL). Wilson problems was not lack of talent, but lack of depth (talent) on the team (which will always be a problem at IU). you cannot loses the amount of starters (Nat Sudfeld, Jordan Howard, Jason Spriggs, Jake Reed, Dimitric Carmiel, Brandon Knight, Simmie Cobbs, Jordan Fuchs and Dan Feeney (four games) and many with nagging injuries) an still have a very successful offensive. personally i think Kevin Wilson will be a major success at OSU, just like he was at Oklahoma.

  7. It will also give IU players more motivation to play OSU. I hope they give all they can against OSU and if Wilson has control of the passing game then OSU will struggle early and have issues with the reads and what routes are being run.

  8. Similar to the Tampa Bay Bucs in 2001. Fired Tony Dungy and hired Gruden from Oakland, Won the 2002 Super Bowl against Oakland thanks to Gruden’s knowledge of Oakland strengths & weaknesses. Big bang than back to mediocrity for the Bucs.

  9. There’s no question Wilson will be a major success as OSU’s OC. He’s back doing what he does best in a program that is hard-wired for success.

  10. I have little doubt that an experienced OC such as CKW will thrive at OSU. It would be incredibly embarrassing for him personally if the Bucks fell to the Hoosiers next year.

  11. You mean Northwestern and Oklahoma, right? The guy who lead Miami of Ohio to it’s highest level of success was Hep. Anyway, it’s just our luck that Wilson could not produce the same results during his time at IU.

  12. I am sure Coach Wilson will be a success at OSU if he doesn’t call numbskull plays like we saw him do at IU. I wonder if coach Meyer will give him total control of the offense. It will be interesting to see what he does at OSU but I am more concerned about what IU football does in the coming seasons.

  13. Po get a grip and think. I stated Miami of Ohio because I meant Miami of Ohio. He succeeded as OC at both NW and M of O, neither being hard wired for success.

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