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Greg Schiano joins Ohio State coaching staff

Chris Ash recently accepted the head coaching job at Rutgers, which left a void in Urban Meyer’s coaching staff. [ MORE: Full 2015-16 bowl schedule | Best of the Bowls | Ranking the bowls, 1-40 | Big Ten bowl bags | Big Ten bowl factoids | Get all of our bowl coverage ] Now, it looks like that void has been filled. Former Rutgers coach Greg Schiano will replace Ash and work alongside Luke Fickell coordinating the Ohio State defense, coach Urban Meyer announced today. According to OSU’s Athletic Department, Schiano’s hire is pending completion of a background check and

Dienhart: Ohio State makes solid hire in Chris Ash

Ohio State has officially tabbed Chris Ash as co-defensive coordinator and safeties coach. That’s a nice hire. Ash was defensive coordinator at Arkansas last season under Bret Bielema, for whom Ash worked for as DC at Wisconsin in 2011 and 2012. And Ash’s area of expertise—the secondary—will dovetail well with what has been the biggest weakness on the Buckeye defense. [ MORE: Read more from Dienhart on Big Ten coaching hires all year long ] The Buckeyes finished 110th in the nation in passing yards allowed in 2013. In the last two games of last season—losses to Michigan State and

Indiana tabs Brian Knorr as defensive coordinator

What was speculated has been officially announced: Indiana has a new defensive coordinator: Brian Knorr. And, he may have the biggest job of any coordinator in the Big Ten. Since 2008, Knorr, 50, had been the defensive coordinator at Wake Forest under Jim Grobe, who was fired after last season. Knorr was hired by Air Force this offseason but has bolted before unpacking. He ran a 3-4 scheme for the Demon Deacons. Indiana ran a 4-3. If Knorr can take the Hoosier defense from awful to bad, the program could advance to its first bowl since 2007. “We want to

Video: Reaction to Larry Johnson to Ohio State

So, there was some serious coaching moves Tuesday. Not only did former Wisconsin and Arkansas assistant Chris Ash join Ohio State as co-defensive coordinator, longtime Penn State defensive line coach and ace recruiter Larry Johnson also joined Urban Meyer’s staff.’s Mark Brennan joined Tuesday’s #BTNLive to talk about Johnson’s decision, among other things. Also on Tuesday’s #BTNLive, we interviewed Michigan’s Jeremy Gallon at the East-West Shrine Game. And had a report from the East-West Shrine Game:

Video: Our top moments from Franklin presser

New Penn State head football coach James Franklin made quite the impression at his introductory press conference Saturday afternoon. The former Vanderbilt coach didn’t hide his personality, one bit, showing passion, humor and commitment throughout the hour-long presser. Watch our favorite moments from Franklin’s first media session as Penn State’s coach in this post. [ MORE: Dienhart: Franklin a ‘home-run hire’ for Penn State ] VIDEO: All the top moments from James Franklin's presser in one 2:11 clip. Enjoy, @PennStateFball fans! WATCH – — Penn State on BTN (@BTN_Penn_State) January 11, 2014 [ MORE: Past, present Penn State players

Past, present Penn State players react to Franklin hiring

After a nine day coaching search, James Franklin was officially introduced as the head football coach at Penn State today. Franklin, who coached at Vanderbilt from 2011-2013, was introduced to the public in a news conference Saturday afternoon at Beaver Stadium. With any coaching change comes plenty of reaction from both current and former players, as well as the media. We went to twitter to get some of those reactions, and to no one’s surprise, it is a bit of a mixed bag. Before we get to the top Twitter reactions, here is our popular video of the top moments

Video: Watch James Franklin's opening remarks

James Franklin was just introduced as the Penn State football coach, and here are his opening remarks from his introductory press conference. Franklin, the former Vanderbilt coach, replaced Bill O’Brien, who left the Nittany Lions after two seasons to coach the Houston Texans. Watch Franklin discuss his new job in this post. [ MORE: Dienhart: Franklin a ‘home-run hire’ for Penn State ] VIDEO: Miss @PennStateFball James Franklin's opening statement? We have it all right here. WATCH – — Big Ten Network (@BigTenNetwork) January 11, 2014

Gallery: Penn State football coach James Franklin

Vanderbilt’s James Franklin is Penn State’s new football coach, and he will be introduced in a press conference at 3:15 p.m. ET on BTN2Go. Franklin replaces Bill O’Brien, who left after two seasons to coach the Houston Texans. View a USA TODAY Sports photo gallery of Franklin in this post. [ MORE: Dienhart: Franklin a ‘home-run hire’ for Penn State ]

It's official! James Franklin named Penn State coach

The Pennsylvania State University has selected James Franklin, a Pennsylvania native who is one of the nation’s most successful and dynamic coaches, as the 16th head football coach in its storied 127-year history. [ MORE: Dienhart: Franklin a ‘home run hire’ for Penn State ] Penn State President Rodney Erickson and Director of Athletics Dave Joyner announced Franklin’s appointment today. The enthusiastic and passionate Franklin led Vanderbilt University to unprecedented success in his three years as head coach, winning nine games in each of the past two years, and finishing in the Top 25 in consecutive seasons, both for the

Dienhart: Franklin a 'home-run hire' for Penn State

Penn State acting athletic director Dave Joyner said the school was going to move quickly to fill its coaching vacancy, and he wasn’t kidding. The school will hold a 4:15 p.m. ET press conference on Saturday to introduce Vanderbilt’s James Franklin as the next Nittany Lions head football coach. This is a home-run hire. Less than two weeks after Bill O’Brien bolted to coach the Houston Texans in a long-anticipated move, Penn State will have grabbed one of the hottest young coaches in America. The school apparently grabbed Franklin over ex-Tennessee Titans coach Mike Munchak, long-time assistant Larry Johnson and