Schlegel started 17 games at middle linebacker for the Buckeyes in 2004 and '05.
His senior season he finished second on the team with 82 tackles, including seven for loss, and was named honorable mention All-Big Ten.
He was a third-round NFL draft pick of the New York Jets in 2006 but played only four games for the team before being released prior to the start of the '07 season.
Cincinnati signed him a day later, Sept. 2, and he played 13 games for the Bengals, including five starts, and finished the season with 33 tackles.
Schlegel played five games for the Florida Tuskers of the United Football League last season before a shoulder injury ended his season in November. He made 22 tackles before going down.
A native of Highland Park, Texas, he began his college career at Air Force in 2001. He became a starter as a freshman and was elected a team captain in 2002 when he led the Falcons with 116 tackles.
He enrolled at Ohio State in spring 2003 and became known as one of the more colorful members of the team, in part because of his love for hunting in his home state.
In his new job, Schlegel gained the early approval of at least one Buckeye.
The morning after the team's first day of winter workouts, senior-to-be Andrew Sweat wrote on his Twitter page, "Great work out in with new strength coach. Coach Schlegel. This is the start national championship run."
Schlegel replaces Doug Davis, who spent four seasons at Ohio State before recently taking a job at Kent State with new head coach Darrell Hazell, a former OSU assistant.