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Dienhart: Ohio State makes solid hire in Chris Ash

Joshua S. Kelly

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.

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Video: Reaction to Larry Johnson to Ohio State

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FightOnState.com's Mark Brennan Joins #BTNLive

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. FightOnState.com’s Mark Brennan joined Tuesday’s #BTNLive to talk about Johnson’s decision, among other things.

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Video: Our top moments from Franklin presser

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Top Hits From James Franklin Press Conference

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.

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Video: Watch James Franklin's opening remarks

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James Franklin Press Conference

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.

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

Nov 23, 2013; Knoxville, TN, USA; Vanderbilt Commodores head coach James Franklin during the game against the Tennessee Volunteers at Neyland Stadium. Vanderbilt won 14 to 10.

Penn State at Wisconsin - Football Highlights

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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.

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Dienhart: Hoosiers shake up football staff

Can’t say it was a shock to see the release from Indiana that announced defensive coordinator Doug Mallory and defensive line coach Jon Fabris won’t be back. Wilson had to do something. The Hoosiers defense was an abomination in 2013 and a big reason why the school failed to reach a bowl for the sixth season in a row, as Indiana finished 5-7 overall and 3-5 in the Big Ten.

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Dienhart: What does new OC mean for Michigan?

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Gerry DiNardo Reacts to Al Borges News

It looks like Michigan already has hired a new offensive coordinator, as reports indicate Brady Hoke has tabbed Alabama’s Doug Nussmeier. That didn’t take long. Actually, it obviously likely has been in the works for a bit. The chair in deposed coordinator Al Borges’ office is still warm. Heck, pictures of his kids may still be on his desk.

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Dienhart: What kind of coach fits at Penn State?

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Penn State Announces Departure of Bill O'Brien - Full Press Conference

Penn State made it official today: Bill O’Brien is leaving after two seasons. Now, the search is on for his replacement, which was a point of today’s press conference by Penn State athletic director Dave Joyner.

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Watch Pitino press conference on BTN/BTN2Go

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Minnesota will introduce Richard Pitino as their school’s 17th men’s basketball coach on Friday morning  and you can watch the entire press conference on BTN/BTN2Go beginning at 10 a.m. ET. BTN’s Mike Hall and Shon Morris host our coverage. Earlier, BTN.com’s Tom Dienhart wrote that this hire fits the job. We also tracked Twitter reaction to the news on Wednesday.

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Twitter: Reaction to Minnesota hiring Pitino

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Minnesota hired Florida International coach Richard Pitino as its new men’s basketball coach Wednesday. Pitino, 30, is the son of legendary coach Rick Pitino, who guided Louisville to this year’s Final Four, his seventh career such trip. See the Twitter reaction to the hiring of the younger Pitino in this post.

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Video: Northwestern introduces Collins as new coach

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NU Basketball Coach Chris Collins: One-on-One

Northwestern introduced longtime Duke assistant Chris Collins as its 24th men’s basketball coach Tuesday. Collins, who grew up in Northbrook, Ill., and starred at Glenbrook North High School, inherits a program that went 13-19, including 4-14 in the Big Ten, in Bill Carmody’s final season.  Watch our one-on-one interview with Collins now and find other video in this post.

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Collins hire an anomaly among Big Ten coaching moves

Northwestern hiring of Duke assistant Chris Collins as the school’s new men’s basketball coach has created a buzz in college hoops circles. Many love his pedigree, youth and energy. Collins sizzles with potential. Do you smell it? Could the thirtysomething wunderkind lead the Wildcats out of the wilderness of basketball hopelessness and to their first NCAA tourney ever? Collins will be hailed a hoop savant if he does so.

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