Ohio State Finds New Offensive Coordinator from Iowa State

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I guess knocking Oklahoma State and Mike Gundy from the BcS national title game is worth a promotion/raise. Tom Herman, the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Iowa State University got a new gig today: offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach at The Ohio State University.

Iowa State had a very blah/mediocre season, but they’ll be a in bowl, and they gave the Oklahoma State Cowboys their only loss of the season. So that has to count for something.

Ohio State coach Urban Meyer announced the hiring today.

“Tom Harmon has one of the bright young minds in college football,” Meyer said. “His philosophies are very similar to those of my own. I spoke to numerous colleagues about Tom and all had great things to say about him. I enjoyed our time together during the interview process and I am excited to have him on the staff.”

Herman’s 2011 Iowa State offense, which he will coach Dec. 30 in the Pinstripe Bowl against Rutgers at Yankee Stadium, averages 181.2 rushing yards and 211.7 passing yards per game. The Cyclones put up 44 points in a triple-overtime win over Iowa and tallied 37 in a double-overtime upset of then #2 Oklahoma State.

Herman has 11 years experience as a collegiate coach, including seven seasons as an offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach, and 13 when his two seasons – 1999-2000 – as a graduate assistant at Texas are included. He coached four years at Sam Houston State (2001-04), serving as receivers coach and special teams coordinator. He also spent two years at Texas State (2005-06) and two years at Rice (2007-08) as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach.

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