Ohio State cornerbacks coach and special teams coordinator Kerry Coombs has decided to stay with the Buckeyes rather than follow Luke Fickell to Cincinnati.
Urban Meyer won’t be losing two assistant coaches on the same day after all.
Speculation circulated that Ohio State cornerbacks coach and special teams coordinator Kerry Coombs was headed to Cincinnati, but both Meyer and Coombs confirmed Saturday even that Coombs would remain with the Buckeyes.
Earlier Saturday, co-defensive coordinator Luke Fickell was named Cincinnati’s new head coach to replace Tommy Tuberville. Rumors stated that Fickell would bring along Coombs to be his associate head coach and defensive coordinator at Cincinnati, where Coombs coached in multiple defensive roles from 2007-11.
Coombs put an end to those rumors through a statement on Twitter.
— Kerry Coombs (@OsuCoachCoombs) December 10, 2016
Meyer also took to Twitter to confirm that Coombs would remain in Columbus and announced a promotion for Coombs.
Great news! My rt-hand man, Kerry Coombs, is a Buckeye! In add to coordinating the SPT, he will have an expanded coordinating role on our D
— Urban Meyer (@OSUCoachMeyer) December 10, 2016
Coombs, a 34-year coaching veteran, ultimately decided not to return to his old stomping grounds, where he’s had plenty of success. He went 161-34 with 10 playoff appearances, seven unbeaten regular seasons and a state championship in 2004 in 16 years as head coach of Colerain High School in suburban Cincinnati.
Former Bearcats coach Brian Kelly – now the head coach at Notre Dame – hired Coombs to join his staff in 2007. Coombs eventually was promoted to associate head coach while serving as defensive backs coach and special teams coordinator through 2011. Meyer hired Coombs prior to the 2012 season.
Some in the Cincinnati area thought Coombs might’ve been considered for the Bearcats’ head coaching job, but that never seemed to be a serious possibility. It appears that Fickell offered Coombs the chance to run his own defense for the first time, but instead Coombs decided to remain with the Buckeyes once Meyer expanded his role.