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Ohio State hires Arkansas DC Ash

By Matt Jones

This article was published January 14, 2014 at 11:20 a.m.

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Arkansas defensive coordinator Chris Ash instructs players prior to an Aug. 31, 2013 game against Louisiana-Lafayette at Razorback Stadium in Fayetteville.

— Ohio State has hired Arkansas defensive coordinator Chris Ash, according to Sports Illustrated.

Citing sources, Sports Illustrated reports Ash will be the Buckeyes' co-defensive coordinator and secondary coach. Ash spent the 2013 season as the Razorbacks' defensive coordinator after serving in the same role for two years at Wisconsin.

"Have always felt transition on my staff has allowed us to get even better," Bielema said on Twitter. "Have had success hiring right people and will again.

"Very happy for former coaches that decide to move to new challenges. The respect our staff gets nationally will continue to grow."

Ohio State will be Ash's fourth school in six years. He was defensive coordinator at Iowa State in 2009.

Ash is the second Arkansas assistant hired away this off-season. Former defensive line coach Charlie Partridge was hired as head coach at Florida Atlantic in December. Both Partridge and Ash worked for Arkansas coach Bret Bielema at Wisconsin.

Bielema hired Rory Segrest as the Razorbacks' defensive line coach last week to replace Partridge and said last Monday no schools had contacted him to talk to other assistant coaches.

Bielema cited losing assistant coaches to other jobs while at Wisconsin as a primary reason for taking the Arkansas job in December 2012. His staff was paid just more than $3.2 million cumulatively last season, up from a reported $1.8 million cumulative salary at Wisconsin in 2012.

Ash's contract at Arkansas is worth $550,000 per year through 2015. Ohio State will pay a $100,000 buyout to hire Ash, who was the Razorbacks' third defensive coordinator in as many seasons.

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OldRazorback1 says... January 14, 2014 at 11:54 a.m.

Looks like the assistant coaches who have been with Coach Bielema the most, believe in him the least. We replaced our D-line coach by hiring an unknown from Samford. Where we gonna hire a new DC from??? High School??

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HotSpringsLawyer says... January 14, 2014 at 12:04 p.m.

And what a legacy he leaves behind.

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GCW says... January 14, 2014 at 12:14 p.m.

Good, he can teach them how to not tackle.

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LevyRat says... January 14, 2014 at 2:28 p.m.

Wonder if Ash was encouraged to look for another job? Or maybe Ash had seen enough of the SEC West??

We averaged giving up 38 points a game in SEC games, so mabye it is time for some new ideas.

Yes, I know Petrino didn't recruit defensive players but 38 points a game? We can't blame all this on the lack of talented players.

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Packman says... January 14, 2014 at 2:52 p.m.

Have the folks at Ohio State lost their minds? Ash coached the worst performing defense in the SEC. Go figure.

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HawgFan says... January 14, 2014 at 3:46 p.m.

"Sports Illustrated reports Ash will be the Buckeyes' co-defensive coordinator and secondary coach". So I guess Ohio State will have to get used to their cornerbacks never turning to find the ball in the air.

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