According to a report from Yahoo Sports’ Pete Thamel, Ohio State head coach Ryan Day is hiring Cincinnati Bearcats’ cornerbacks coach Perry Eliano. Per Thamel, Eliano will handle the Buckeyes’ safeties.
Ohio State has not yet confirmed the hire, but sources have indicated to Buckeye Scoop that the report is accurate.
Eliano has an Ohio background that predates his arrival at Cincinnati in spring of 2020. He was the associate head coach and defensive coordinator at Bowling Green in 2016 and 2017. Between BGSU and UC he spent two years at New Mexico as the cornerbacks coach and special teams coordinator.
Eliano’s stint at Cincinnati has been very impressive. In 2021, cornerback Coby Bryant won the Thorpe Award as the nation’s top defensive back. The Bearcats’ other starting cornerback — Ahmad “Sauce” Gardner — was named All-AAC for the third time and is considered by many to be the top cornerback prospect in the 2022 NFL Draft.
The Bearcats finished 2021 with the nation’s best pass efficiency defense, the No. 2 defense in passing yards allowed, the No. 3 defense in interceptions (18) and yards per pass attempt (5.7), and the No. 4 defense in opponent completion percentage (53.5%).
With the reported hire, Ryan Day’s staff is now one over the NCAA limit of 10 assistant coaches, so the moves are not yet done.
Buckeye Scoop will have more on this story as it develops.