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Cardale Jones + Tom Herman = A Perfect Match for 2016?

Cardale Jones has announced he's not returning to OSU next season? Is he going to the NFL or could he attempt to improve his draft stock at Houston with his old OC? Credit: Crystal LoGiudice-USA TODAY Sports

Cardale Jones has announced he’s not returning to OSU next season? Is he going to the NFL or could he attempt to improve his draft stock at Houston with his old OC?
Credit: Crystal LoGiudice-USA TODAY Sports

No. 7 Ohio State Buckeyes, know they’ll face No. 8 Notre Dame in the 2016 BattleFrog Fiesta Bowl.

And while the outcome of the game is unpredictable, the answer is anyone’s guess, on the future of Cardale Jones.

After the Buckeyes home finale against Michigan State, Jones posted a picture on Instagram telling fans that was his final appearance in scarlet and grey at Ohio Stadium.

And while he didn’t say what he planned on doing after this season, it’s only right to speculate his future.

Realistically, there are only two paths Jones will take: Either transfer to another university or turn pro.

 

Transfer:

 

Although he became a Buckeye legend during his performance as the third-string quarterback, during the 2014-15 season, he never performed at that potential this season.

Former Ohio State offensive coordinator and current Houston Cougars football coach Tom Herman is the “mastermind” behind the quarterback performances last year of both J.T. Barrett and Jones.

Herman and Houston came to an agreement in principle that is keeping the coach in the Space City for at least one more season.

When the news came out, Herman noted that he didn’t see any bumps that would effect negotiations.

“These things take twists and turns along the way as they sometimes do, but I don’t anticipate that happening,” Herman said.

Cougars starting quarterback, Greg Ward Jr., is only a junior, but Jones may have the upside and passing skill set to win the job. Of course, that is if he decides to transfer to Houston.

Or, he could decide to play for another coach. Surely, Jones would have a handful of programs to choose from.

 

Turning Pro:

 

After watching Jones play in the Buckeyes final three games last season, it became apparent he was by far the most NFL-built quarterback on OSU’s roster.

Size and arm strength cannot be taught to a quarterback, so his natural gift is something an NFL franchise would want. An ideal fit would be with a team that can let Jones learn from an experienced veteran.

Without a doubt, Jones is not a day one starter in the NFL. With 11 starts to his name, he lacks not only a full regular season of play, but also game time experience.

Being pulled from the Northern Illinois and Penn State games just shows how much he still needs to learn. And with the struggles the Buckeyes have had at quarterback this season, it just shows how important Herman was to not only the quarterbacks, but the overall success of the teams offense.

 

Conclusion:

 

At the end of the day, an NFL team will take a chance on Jones. Right now, he could be drafted as early as the third-round, (assuming a team is willing to take a chance on potential), to possibly not even being drafted.

The opportunity to still play in college and to play for a coach that is capable of developing pro-style quarterbacks would have to be somewhat enticing. Outside of performing horribly, thus possibly losing a once promising NFL future, nothing worse could come from the decision.

Urban Meyer has shown the ability to successfully coach dual-threat quarterbacks, but not a pro-style one like Jones.

I believe that Jones will transfer and play for another university. If that happens, he’ll not only attend a program that has the right system for him, but who also has coaches who will help turn his career around.

Jones will most likely wait until after the Buckeyes season concludes to announce his future. But taking a path with a familiar face like Herman or a different coach wouldn’t be the worst decision he’s ever made.

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Greg Schiano is Ohio State’s new DC – Updated

5:22 p.m – Ohio State confirms the hiring of associate head coach/safeties coach Greg Schiano.

 

Pending approval form the Ohio State University Board of Trustees, Greg Schiano has been hired as the replacement for coach Chris Ash, who has been Co-Defensive coordinator from 2013-2015. Ash was recently hired as the new head coach at Rutgers, a program Schiano coached at from 2001-2011.

 

‘Greg Schiano is an excellent coach,” Meyer said. “He is someone I have known for quite some time now and someone who is going to calling with our staff extremely well. I think he will be outstanding as a coach and mentor in our program and I ma pleased to have him on our staff.”

 

OSU says that Schiano will “work alongside” Co-Defensive coordinator Luke Fickell. No further information has been announced as to who will have the ultimate call on decisions at the time.

 

 

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Former Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Rutgers head coach is Greg Schiano is set to become the newest Buckeye, replacing Ohio State Co-Defensive coordinator/safeties coach Chris Ash, who was named Rutgers head coach, according to Adam Scheffer of ESPN.

 

 

 

Out of the coaching game for two seasons as an analyst with ESPN, Schiano comes to Columbus with a decade of success with the Scarlet Knights, posting a 68-67 record in his 10 years with the program. His most successful season came in 2006, where he led the program to a 11-2 record and a win over Kansas State in the Texas Bowl.

 

Urban Meyer makes splash hire; replaces Chris Ash with Greg Schiano

Credit: USATSI

 

During his tenure Rutgers, Schiano had five top-50 recruiting classes and posted a 5-1 record in postseason play. He would become the first former NFL head coach to serve as an assistant on an Urban Meyer coached football team.

 

At this time Oho State had not commented on this report.