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Thursday, January 12, 2012
Ohio State finalizes staff, roles under Meyer

By Brian Bennett

Urban Meyer officially completed his first Ohio State coaching staff on Thursday with the additions of former Notre Dame assistants Ed Warriner and Tim Hinton.

Warriner will coordinate the running game and serve as the team’s co-offensive coordinator and offensive line coach. Hinton will be the tight ends and fullbacks coach. Both spent the past two years under Brian Kelly at Notre Dame.

Warriner is entering his 29th season as a college assistant and has spent nine years as a coordinator. Tom Herman is still expected to call the plays as quarterbacks coach and offensive coordinator.

Hinton is in his 31st year as a coach, 17 of them in college. He worked with Meyer on the Ohio State staff in 1986. Both coaches are Ohio natives, which played a big reason in why they left Notre Dame.

Meyer said he would serve as his own special teams coach, as he has in the past.

Meyer also talked Thursday about how good he feels to be back in coaching. Strength coach Mickey Marotti, who has known Meyer for years, said his boss looked "100 percent revitalized" and ready to roll.