Conley wrapped up 17 seasons as an OSU assistant coach when he left the staff this past April. He will participate in Chat sessions on the site for our Bucknuts.com subscribers. The first Chat will Coach Conley is set for Mon., Aug. 30, five days before Ohio State's season opening game with the University of Cincinnati.
He will also write columns for the Bucknuts.com web site throughout the season, past signing day and up until the start of spring practice. Plus, Conley will also make periodic appearances on the Bucknuts Radio Hour.
"We are delighted to announce this arrangement with Coach Conley," said Bucknuts managing editor Steve Helwagen. "He brings experience on all facets of college football and we believe our subscribers will enjoy reading and hearing his insights on this year's OSU football team, recruiting and other topics.
"The neatest part of this whole thing is the fact Coach Conley will be available throughout the season for Chat sessions where he will answer questions from the fans. That should be a great added bonus for our subscribers."
Since leaving Ohio State, Conley has become the vice president of MAX Sports, a Dublin-based sports training and sports medicine facility. Plus, he will also serve as an OSU football analyst for WTVN-AM (610) this fall, appearing on the station's popular weekly "Bucks Line" show, the pregame "Hineygate" show and also on his own Sunday morning radio show. That show, which will run from 9 a.m. to noon, debuts Aug. 29.
"This gives me an opportunity to stay in the game that has always been a part of my life," Conley said. "I feel I have replaced being on the field and coaching and also the recruiting part of it by staying in the game of football in other ways as an analyst or commentator.
"At the same time, I feel I can provide some expertise and commentary in the recruiting area as well."
All topics pertaining to Ohio State, college football and recruiting will be "fair game," Conley said.
"I will be open to talk about anything and everything without having to pull any punches," Conley said. "Plus, this will give me an opportunity to get around and watch some kids play on Friday nights. That's an opportunity to go back to my roots and high school football."
Conley was widely regarded as one of the nation's top recruiting coordinators. Over the last 11 years, he helped Ohio State land top-10 classes seven times. That includes a No. 1 finish in 1996 and the No. 2 class in 2002. In 1999, The Sporting News listed Conley as one of the nation's top five recruiters.
Conley, a 1972 graduate of Ohio State, played three years for coach Woody Hayes. He joined the team as a walk-on before earning a scholarship. He won two letters as an offensive guard.
Following graduation, Conley embarked on a successful 12-year career as a high school coach. He coached at London, Groveport and Middletown. At Middletown, he coached future Buckeye Cris Carter as well as John Peterson, who has followed Conley as OSU's first-year tight ends coach and recruiting coordinator.
Conley joined Earle Bruce's staff as the linebackers coach in 1984. He stayed through the end of Bruce's tenure in 1987, coaching a pair of All-Americans in Chris Spielman and Pepper Johnson. During his time on the staff, Conley helped OSU win a pair of Big Ten titles and reach the 1985 Rose Bowl.
He then spent three years (1988-90) as the head coach at nearby Dublin Coffman High School. John Cooper then brought Conley back to Ohio State in 1991 as the recruiting coordinator. A year later, he became the defensive ends coach. In that role, he worked with All-American Mike Vrabel.
Conley moved over to coach tight ends in 1997 and was retained when Jim Tressel arrived at OSU in 2001.
During his time at Ohio State, Conley helped OSU win six Big Ten championships as well as the 2002 national championship.
Conley will typically conduct Chat sessions and write columns for the Bucknuts.com site every other week throughout the season. He will contribute periodically as well after the bowl game and going through recruiting season and on up to the start of spring football.