Meyer Coaching Staff Possibilities?

Urban Meyer is expected to be named the Ohio State head coach in the next 48 hours, and there is much speculation about who will join him as assistant coaches. has the inside on a possible Meyer coaching staff.

With Urban Meyer expected to be named the next Ohio State head coach soon, it's only natural to speculate on possible assistants.

Will any members of the current Buckeye staff be asked to be part of a Meyer regime? What about former associates, or current NFL or NCAA assistants?

Luke Fickell. Where do things stand with the current head coach of the Buckeyes? Sources close to Ohio State have maintained the position that Fickell will be offered the opportunity to be a part of a Meyer staff. It was not known specifically what job Meyer would want Fickell to have. There are rumors that Akron could be firing head coach Rob Ianello after two disappointing seasons, and Fickell, a former Zip assistant, could be the leading candidate to fill that spot. It does appear Fickell will have the chance to remain with Ohio State, should he choose to do so.

Current staff members moving on. has learned that current assistants Nick Siciliano, Jim Bollman, Dick Tressel and Jim Heacock will not be given the opportunity to continue in a Meyer-led staff. The future of two other assistant coaches, Paul Haynes and John Peterson remains unclear at this time, with the odds not in their favor of being retained. Siciliano was rumored to be in talks with two MAC programs about possible job opportunities.

Current staff members in the loop. Assistant coaches Taver Johnson, Stan Drayton and Mike Vrabel are thought to be in the mix to remain at Ohio State. Johnson interviewed with Meyer at Florida two years ago, before deciding to stay at Ohio State. Drayton worked for Meyer at Florida on two separate occasions, and his knowledge of the Sunshine State could prove invaluable to the new head coach. Vrabel continuing on could be dependent on Meyer being able to secure a more experienced linebacker coach, or Fickell deciding to return to his previous spot as linebacker's coach.

Strength and conditioning. learned today that current Florida strength and conditioning coach Mickey Marotti will be Meyer's choice to replace Eric Lichter. Marotti and Meyer worked closely with the Gator program in the past, with Marotti having Ohio ties, both at Grove City High School and as a graduate assistant at Ohio State from 1987-1988.

Offensive possibilities. Former Florida quarterbacks coach Scot Loeffler is currently at Temple, and he and Meyer had a successful run at Florida. Loeffler coached former Gator star Tim Tebow for one season, and could be considered a perfect choice to lead current Buckeye signal-caller Braxton Miller. Current LSU offensive coordinator Greg Studrawa has Ohio ties, and worked as a Meyer assistant at Bowling Green. The Fostoria (OH) native also played at Bowling Green. Temple wide receiver coach Zach Smith is the grandson of Meyer mentor Earle Bruce, and he was also a part of two national championships at Florida with Meyer. All three men have been rumored to be in the mix for Meyer's staff at Ohio State.

Defensive possibilities. Another Temple assistant, defensive coordinator and defensive backs coach Chuck Heater is a Tiffin (OH) native, and has worked with Meyer at four different programs, including Ohio State, Bowling Green, Utah and Florida. Heater was with Meyer for both of Florida's national championships in both 2007 and 2009. LSU defensive coordinator John Chavis has also been rumored to be a personal favorite of Meyer. Chavis has over 15 years as a coordinator in the SEC, having worked for Volunteeer head coach Phillip Fulmer from 1989-2008. Current Florida linebackers coach D.J. Durkin played for Bowling Green and also started his coaching career there as an assistant to Meyer. The Youngstown native is rumored to be considering an offer to reunite with Meyer, and Florida sources indicated this is a distinct possibility.

Meyer is expected to be named Ohio State's next coach within the next 48 hours, and who he names as staff members will certainly be an event to monitor in the coming weeks.

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