The Ohio State football team may need a new wide receiver coach. Here are three possible replacements.
The Ohio State Football Team’s coaching staff could be in a state of flux this offseason. It was reported that Wide Receivers coach Brian Hartline was in line for an interview for the head coaching position at the University of Cincinnati. He would be an excellent replacement for Luke Fickell as Bearcats coach, except he came out and said he would stay at Ohio State for now.
While he’s not going now, Hartline will eventually. Losing Hartline would be a huge blow to the Buckeyes. Hartline is the best recruiter and probably the best talent developer as a position coach. Ohio State was very fortunate that Hartline was on staff during the Zach Smith drama and was able to slip straight into the job of then-head coach Urban Meyer.
Here are three possible substitutes for Brian Hartline.
1. Keenan Bailey, Senior Advisor to the Ohio State Head Coach
Keen Bailey seems like the logical choice to replace Hartline. Bailey already works extensively with the receiving unit and has been part of the Buckeye team since 2016 in a variety of roles including coaching intern, quality control coach and consultant.
Bailey has an understanding of the players and what is expected of him in the Ohio State football program. Ryan Day seems to really trust him and gives him more offensive responsibilities each season. If Hartline goes, Bailey would be fine to get the job.
2. Kenny Guiton, Arkansas wide receivers coach
The former Ohio State quarterback, who famously made a comeback to beat Purdue to salvage the Buckeyes’ perfect season in 2012, would also be an ideal candidate for Ryan Day. Guiton has been a coach at Arkansas for two seasons, helping Treylon Burk make the 2021 First-Team All-SEC.
Prior to that, he also spent time as a coach at Louisiana Tech, Houston and Colorado State. Guiton should take a look since he was a great leader during his time as a backup quarterback at Ohio State and is climbing the coaching ranks fairly quickly.
3. Keary Colbert, Florida wide receivers coach
If Ohio State wanted to think outside the box with that attitude, Colbert could be someone worth watching. Colbert is considered one of the top receiver coaches in the country. Before training in Florida last season; He spent his final years at USC where he helped develop Drake London, Michael Pittman Jr., Amon Ra St. Brown and Robert Davis.
Prior to USC, Colbert was an offensive analyst under Nick Saban in Alabama. Ryan Day would certainly be worth a look to consider.