Conley, an OSU assistant for 17 years, will participate in Chat sessions for Bucknuts.com subscribers. In fact, his first Chat session has been scheduled for 3 p.m. Eastern time Monday. Check the home page Monday afternoon for access details for that special event.
We will also post an e-mail address where subscribers can send questions for Coach Conley to answer if they are unable to join us at 3 p.m. Monday.
In addition, Coach Conley will contribute columns to the Bucknuts.com web site throughout the season. His first column will appear on the site next Wednesday, Sept. 1.
Below is a tentative schedule of dates when Coach Conley will appear on the site for Chat sessions for our subscribers. Most -- if not all -- of these Chat sessions will be conducted at 3 p.m. Eastern time.
Conley Chat Session Dates: Aug. 30 (preseason), Sept. 13 (post-Marshall), Sept. 27 (pre-Northwestern), Oct. 11 (post-Wisconsin), Oct. 25 (pre-Penn State), Nov. 8 (post-Purdue), Nov. 22 (post-Michigan), Dec. 6 (recruiting visits), Dec. 27 (bowl week), Jan. 4 (bowl recap).
Here is a tentative list of dates when Coach Conley's column will appear on the Bucknuts.com site:
Conley Column Dates: Sept. 1 (preseason), Sept. 8 (post-Cincinnati), Sept. 22 (post-N.C. State), Oct. 6 (pre-Wisconsin), Oct. 20 (post-Iowa), Nov. 3 (post-Penn State), Nov. 17 (pre-Michigan), Dec. 1 (recruiting visits), Dec. 15 (bowl preparation), Dec. 29 (bowl preview).
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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 Sunday.
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.