Urban Meyer’s coaching tree has a new branch.
Co-defensive coordinator Chris Ash is finalizing a deal to become the head coach at Rutgers, Thayer Evans of Sports Illustrated reported.
Ash came to Columbus to replace safeties coach Everett Withers following the 2013 season and led the Buckeyes to tremendous improvement in both passing and overall defense.
Ohio State is currently ranked 12th national in passing yards allowed and 10th in total defense.
Ash is the fifth assistant Meyer has lost during his four years at Ohio State, joining Withers, defensive line coach Mike Vrabel, offensive coordinator Tom Herman and running backs coach Stan Drayton.
However, Meyer is fond of pointing out that all of his assistants have left to become either college head coaches or NFL assistants.
“There’s positives and negatives to everything,” he told BSB in May. “The positives are that guys are getting great opportunities and the negative is I have turnover. I could never see a guy leaving here for a lateral move. Every head coach we’ve lost has been a head coach or went to the NFL.”