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Friday, January 27, 2012
Ohio State completes Meyer's first staff

By Brian Bennett

Urban Meyer's first coaching staff at Ohio State is complete, and the final hire has strong Michigan ties.

Veteran assistant Bill Sheridan has been tapped to become Meyer's defensive backs coach, according to reports. He replaces Taver Johnson, who left to go to Arkansas.

Sheridan has coached linebackers for the Miami Doplphins the past two years and was the New York Giants defensive coordinator in 2009.

The 53-year-old's last college coaching gig was at Michigan, where he served as linebackers and defensive line coach as well as recruiting coordinator for the Wolverines. His son, Nick, played quarterback for former coach Rich Rodriguez.

Sheridan has also coached at Notre Dame, Michigan State, Cincinnati, Army and Maine during his career.