Schiano out at OSU, Mattison and Hafley in

Greg Mattison is Leaving for Ohio State

January 7th 2019 at 2:33 PM

Greg Mattison is Leaving for Ohio State Seth January 7th 2019 at 2:33 PM

The first time Greg Mattison left MI he wound up at Notre Dame.

According to a report from Marc Givler of, Ohio State defensive coordinator Greg Schiano will not be returning to the Buckeyes for the 2019 season. Former Ohio State defensive assistant Alex Grinch left the Buckeyes to become the defensive coordinator at Oklahoma. It was reported a year ago that Schiano had an opportunity to leave the Buckeyes for the same job under Bill Belichick with the New England Patriots, only for him to turn down that role. So in comes Mattison.

Former Michigan defensive line coach Greg Mattison and former San Francisco 49ers defensive backs coach Jeff Hafley will serve as co-defensive coordinators for the Buckeyes, the program announced Monday.

Mattison first coached at MI under Gary Moeller and Lloyd Carr from 1992-1996.

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As for why, it's not yet clear. "But, again, anytime there's a coaching change, whether it's internal or not, coaches have to - a head coach has to select the staff that he feels gives the team the best chance to win, and whatever Coach Day decides to do, certainly his prerogative".

Mattison coached in Ann Arbor originally under Gary Moeller and returned in 2011 when then-head coach Brady Hoke brought him on as defensive coordinator.

The Michigan-Ohio State rivalry is getting kicked up another notch this offseason with the Buckeyes taking an assistant from the Wolverines. Outside linebackers/Vipers coach Al Washington is also rumored to be a target of the Buckeyes under new head coach Ryan Day. Day was a quarterbacks coach under Kelly in Philadelphia.

If he remains at MI, though, Washington is a candidate to fill the position vacated by Mattison.

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