Washington State DC Alex Grinch is a candidate to join Ohio State’s coaching staff, a reported by Football Scoop’s Zach Barnett reports.
Grinch has been the Cougars’ defensive coordinator for three seasons, being named to the position in January 2015. As reported by Barnett, Grinch would not replace a current Buckeyes assistant. Instead, he would be Ohio State’s 10th assistant coach, which is effective for FBS teams starting January 9.
With head coach Mike Leach, Washington State is more commonly known as an offensive team. But Grinch and the Cougars defense have made big steps. The Cougars are 9-3 this season and allowed 24.4 points per game. Opponents passed for only 167.4 pass yards per game.
In 2016, Washington State gave up 26.4 points per game. The previous season, Grinch’s first, the Cougars surrendered 27.7 points per game. Before Grinch took over as defensive coordinator, Washington State allowed 38.6 points per game in 2014.
Grinch is a 2002 graduate from Mount Union and is also from Grove City, Ohio.
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