Tucker was co-defensive coordinator

CLEVELAND -- Mel Tucker, an Ohio State assistant coach the
past four seasons, joined the Cleveland Browns on Friday as
defensive backs coach.

Tucker, a Cleveland native, is the latest addition to new coach
Romeo Crennel's staff. Tucker coached the Buckeyes' defensive
backs, serving as a co-defensive coordinator for Jim Tressel last

"Coaching at Ohio State has been an unbelievable experience and
I will always have a special place in my heart for the Buckeyes and
our national championship team," Tucker said. "To have the
opportunity to work with Romeo Crennel is one I could not pass

Tucker played at Cleveland Heights High School and earned four
letters at Wisconsin. Before coaching at OSU, he spent two years at
Miami of Ohio and one at LSU under Nick Saban, now with the