Though Urban Meyer indicated in his Jan. 7 press conference that no staff changes were coming, it was officially announced Friday morning that Greg Studrawa will join the Ohio State coaching staff as offensive line coach. Ed Warinner, who has been serving as offensive line coach for the past four seasons, will remain as offensive coordinator while tight ends coach Tim Hinton will transition to an executive role.
“I’ve known Greg for a long time, starting with my time at Bowling Green when he was my offensive line coach,” Meyer said in a press release. “I know how good of a coach he is. There aren’t many people I’d entrust our offensive line to after the job coach Warinner has done, but Greg is one of them and I’m pleased to have him join our staff.”
Studrawa has served as the offensive line coach and offensive coordinator on Maryland's staff for the past two seasons. Prior to that the coach spent seven seasons at LSU and was at Bowling Green from 2003-06, where he played offensive line from 1984-87.
A graduate assistant at Ohio State under John Cooper in 1997, Studrawa was rumored as a candidate to join the Buckeye staff when Meyer first came to Ohio State in 2012.
The impetus for the hire was the ability to keep Warinner alongside Tim Beck in the coaches box where he directed the offensive to a 42-13 win over Michigan and a 44-28 win over Notre Dame. Meyer has said that having the offensive line coach on the field is a priority and the only reason that the move worked for the 2015 Buckeyes was the fact that they had a veteran offensive line. Ohio State will be replacing three starters on the offensive line next season.
"Our offense was as good as it was all year with coach Warinner and coach Beck together in the box,” Meyer said. “So keeping those two in place during games is something I think our offense will benefit from as we move forward.”
When asked if he moved Warinner to the box too late in the season Jan. 7, Meyer said he was still evaluating that and wasn't sure if he would be able to keep Warinner in the box next season. Now he knows he can.
In order to add Studrawa to the staff the Buckeyes needed to remove an assistant coach which is where Hinton's new role came in. The 34-year coaching veteran will move into the "senior level executive director for football relations/special assistant to coach Meyer," according to the release.
“Tim is an excellent coach and an outstanding person who I have a tremendous amount of respect for,” Meyer said. “I am grateful for everything he has done for us, and I see his value to this program even increasing as he becomes more of a resource and mentor for our current and future student-athletes. Plus, he’ll provide a needed strategy and analysis roll with the offensive coaches.”