On Friday, word began to circulate centering around the future of the defensive coordinator position at the University of Oklahoma. Over the course of the season, many speculated Alex Grinch remained the main target for Lincoln Riley and company. After composing quite the resume at Washington State, the young up-and-coming coach landed a job with the Ohio State Buckeyes as Grinch appeared to be the next DC “in waiting.” However, the landscape shifted over the past several months as Grinch is reportedly heading to the midwest.
BREAKING: #OhioState’s Alex Grinch is expected to become the next defensive coordinator at #OU, per source. He was a semifinalist for the 2017 Broyles Award. Grinch worked wonders at WAZZU turning a defense ranked outside the top 100 into one ranked No. 34 by the time he left WSU
— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) January 4, 2019
Holding the reputation of an unpredictable player caller, Grinch is also a top notch evaluator and recruiter as evidenced by the product on the field. During a final campaign in the Pacific Northwest, the coach’s defense produced 28 turnovers (15 interceptions and 13 fumbles). The effort on the field led the program to a 9-4 record in 2017. Before arriving on campus in 2015, Grinch inherited a defense that earned a mere three wins in twelve outings. The numbers speak for themselves as the turnaround clearly began with the hire at Wazzou.
Now, Grinch finds himself in a similar situation with a much larger fanbase. Tasked with resuscitating a sub-par Sooner defense, is this the hire that will shape Oklahoma into a dynasty? At least one former colleague thinks so…
“I’ve worked with a bunch of really good coaches that are doing big things in this business and Alex is the best one I’ve been around,” said former WSU Assisstant Clay McGuire. “I think Lincoln hit a grandslam. If they can continue to play offense on the level they are they will win a national championship within three years.”