"I, personally, also want to thank Greg for his wisdom and thoughtful guidance during my time as acting head coach this season".
Mattison's defection to Ohio State, where he will serve as co-defensive coordinator, clearly set the stage for Washington to do the same.More news: Sears strikes last-minute deal to avoid shutting down
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"Al Washington is going to be a terrific addition to our coaching staff", Day said in a released statement. Mattison has been the defensive line coach under Jim Harbaugh for the past four seasons. The 34-year-old coached the viper position and was apparently offered more responsibility and money at U-M, but opted to join his friend Ryan Day at Ohio State.
New Ohio State coach Ryan Day has hired a second assistant away from rival MI.
The Buckeyes' linebackers were arguably the biggest weakness of Ohio State's 2018 team. He even joked that he wouldn't have retired this year had the Buckeyes not beat MI.
Schiano had coordinated defenses at Ohio State since 2016 after a three years away from college and the NFL. It was reported past year that Schiano had an opportunity to leave the Buckeyes for the same job under Bill Belichick with the New England Patriots, only for him to turn down that role. The Buckeyes gave up 49 points in the loss to Purdue on October 20, allowed Maryland to average 8.63 yards per play in the overtime win on November 17 and finished 10th in the Big Ten in total defense at 403.4 yards per game.