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A large number of experiences on Thursday indicated that former Ohio State trainer City Meyer is at the verge of turning into head trainer of the Jacksonville Jaguars.

A urgent query for Ohio State: What number of individuals of his former team of workers would possibly sign up for Meyer?

Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith declined to touch upon Thursday, however other people with wisdom of the location informed The Dispatch that head power and conditioning trainer Mickey Marotti would stay with the Buckeyes. The folks asked anonymity as a result of the sensitivity of the location.

Marotti, whose professional name is assistant athletic director for soccer sports activities efficiency, is regarded as the second-most necessary individual within the Ohio State soccer program in the back of head trainer Ryan Day. Marotti met Meyer whilst each have been scholars on the College of Cincinnati, and he was once Meyer’s right-hand guy all over his training tenures at Florida and Ohio State.

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Ohio State Buckeyes head trainer City Meyer and the Buckeyes head onto the sector for his or her sport in opposition to Northwestern Wildcats on October 29, 2016. (Kyle Robertson / The Columbus Dispatch)  (Picture: Kyle Robertson/Columbus Dispatch)

He stayed underneath Day and it’s been a easy transition. A Nine% pay lift final yr bumped Marotti’s annual wage to $801,150, amongst the best amongst power coaches nationally. Marotti did, on the other hand, take a voluntary five% pay reduce, as did maximum high-earners within the athletic division, as a result of the monetary crunch led to by way of the coronavirus pandemic.

Ohio State isn’t anticipating a lot of the athletic division team of workers to enroll in Meyer’s team of workers, however some key staff are Florida natives who got here to Columbus to paintings underneath Meyer. For example, Ryan Stamper, Ohio State’s assistant athletic director for participant construction, is a Jacksonville local who performed for Meyer at Florida.

Stamper is well-regarded for his paintings helping gamers in non-football facets in their lives. He leads the “Actual Existence Wednesdays” program that started underneath Meyer and is helping get ready gamers for a post-football trade profession.

Mark Pantoni, who leads the Buckeyes’ recruiting division as assistant athletic director for participant workforce, is from Sarasota, Florida, and likewise labored for Meyer at Florida. Pantoni is regarded as one of the crucial best recruiting administrators within the nation and has overseen massive enlargement within the Buckeyes’ recruiting division in his 9 years with Ohio State.

Marotti, Stamper and Pantoni didn’t straight away reply to a request for remark.

Amongst Ohio State assistant coaches, best defensive co-coordinators Kerry Coombs and Greg Mattison have NFL training revel in. Coombs coached underneath Mike Vrabel with the Tennessee Titans in 2018-19. Mattison was once with the Baltimore Ravens from 2008-10.

Huge receivers trainer Brian Hartline is the one assistant who performed within the NFL, most commonly with the Miami Dolphins. Corey Dennis, Ohio State’s quarterbacks trainer, is Meyer’s son-in-law, however he become a place trainer best final yr.

Meyer, 56, had an 83-Nine file in seven seasons at Ohio State, beginning with an undefeated staff in 2012, when the Buckeyes weren’t eligible for postseason play as a result of NCAA violations. His 2014 staff gained the primary School Soccer Playoff, beating Alabama and Oregon.

Meyer made up our minds to step down as Ohio State trainer in 2018. That season started with a university-imposed three-game suspension for his dealing with of the allegations of home abuse by way of receivers trainer Zach Smith, the grandson of Meyer’s mentor Earle Bruce.

All through that season, Meyer additionally handled the flareup of the arachnoid cyst, which will motive complications in occasions of pressure. He made up our minds to step down as Ohio State trainer in December, with Day named as his successor. His ultimate sport was once a victory over Washington within the Rose Bowl.

Meyer then become an assistant athletic director for athletics tasks and members of the family at OSU, with a wage of $100,000. In that function, he helped with fundraising efforts and mentored coaches and captains from Ohio State’s 36 sports activities systems.

“I’ve a really perfect boss, Gene Smith,” Meyer informed The Dispatch in a 2019 interview. “My authentic love for Ohio State is actual. It’s by no means actually been a task.”

He additionally labored for Fox Sports activities’ faculty soccer pregame display for the previous two seasons.

Within the 2019 Dispatch interview, Meyer said he nonetheless had pangs to train once more. He mentioned then that he didn’t imagine he would go back to training, however he wouldn’t rule it out.

“I discovered my lesson way back,” he mentioned. “All I’m going to mention is I imagine I’m finished (training). I feel I’m finished.”

E mail Invoice Rabinowitz and follow him on Twitter @brdispatch

Dispatch reporter Joey Kaufman contributed to this tale.


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