Ohio State Courting Former Superstar D-Coordinator Jim Heacock

David Regimbal@davidreg412Featured ColumnistMarch 10, 2013

COLUMBUS, OH - NOVEMBER 28:  Urban Meyer speaks to the media after being introduced as the new head coach of Ohio State football on November 28, 2011 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)
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When Urban Meyer was hired as the head coach of Ohio State in November 2011, one of his initial goals was to compile a strong coaching staff.

“I think Ohio State deserves the best group of assistant coaches in America,” Meyer said at his introductory press conference. “Some will be on this staff, some will be from anywhere in the country."

While Meyer did retain three members from the Buckeyes' previous coaching staff (Luke Fickell, Stan Drayton and Mike Vrabel), long-time defensive coordinator Jim Heacock wasn't among them.

That could change in 2013.

According to Jason Priestas of ElevenWarrios.com, Heacock and Ohio State have engaged in conversations about him rejoining the ranks in Columbus.

Former Buckeye defensive coordinator Jim Heacock in talks to return to Ohio State. 11w.rs/14HDrzB

— Eleven Warriors (@11W) March 10, 2013

Heacock would be an incredible addition to an already stellar staff that's fresh off of leading the Buckeyes to a perfect 12-0 season in 2012. While Heacock wouldn't be taking on an assistant role (Eleven Warriors expects Heacock to come in on a "quality control capacity"), his credentials, experience and success would be a huge asset to Ohio State.

Heacock was the Buckeyes' defensive coordinator from 2005-2011, leading Ohio State to a level of dominance that few teams could maintain. His teams consistently performed at a high level, ranking in the top 10 on a near annual basis.

Ohio State's Defense Under Jim Heacock
 Year         Yards per game   National Rank
 2005  275.3  5th         
 2006  273.0  13th
 2007  225.3  1st
 2008  279.3  8th
 2009  262.5  5th
 2010  250.3  3rd
 2011  328.6  25th

Statistics per Rivals.com.

Nothing is final yet, though, so this will be a situation Ohio State fans will have to watch as the Buckeyes continue through spring practice.


David Regimbal is the lead Ohio State football writer for Bleacher Report.
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