Bill Davis to join Buckeyes' coaching team in defensive assistant role
It seems like Ohio State has decided on who will replace Luke Fickell as the defensive assistant for the Buckeyes.
On Wednesday, the team declared that Bill Davis, who has known Urban Meyer for many years and used to be a defensive coordinator for the NFL, will start with the squad at the end of the season. Fifty-one year old Davis worked with Ohio State in 2016 as an analyst.
The precise role that Davis will play in the defensive team, and the players he will work with, will be explained when the season ends.
In his previous coaching role, Davis was the Philadelphia Eagles' defensive coordinator between 2013 and 2015. Virtually all the experience Davis has of coaching has been with the NFL, with ten franchises and a few defensive coordinator stints. Between 2011 and 2012, he worked as linebackers coach for the Cleveland Browns. In 1999, he was assistant linebackers coach for the same club.
Hailing from Youngstown, Davis played college football in Cincinnati with Urban Meyer. In 1991, he was a Michigan State graduate assistant. When Meyer got married, Davis was his best man.
When Fickell became head coach at Cincinnati recently, we shortlisted Davis as a possible replacement for Fickell. However, it is uncertain whether Davis will come straight in and take over Fickell's role as linebackers coach.
Gunn on One with Bill Davis