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Report: Washington State defensive coordinator Alex Grinch a candidate for 10th assistant job Ohio State

December 15, 2017 GMT

PULLMAN – Washington State defensive coordinator is a potential candidate to join Urban Meyer’s staff at Ohio State, FootballScoop reported Friday morning.

Sources told the website Grinch would not replace an existing staff member, but rather serve as the Buckeyes’ 10th assistant coach. Starting on Jan. 9, the NCAA is permitting all FBS programs to add one coaching position to their current staff. Grinch is an Ohio native who played college football at Division III Mount Union College in Alliance, Ohio.

The Cougars became one of the nation’s best defenses in year No. 3 under Grinch, holding opponents to just 313.6 yards per game – good enough for 15th in the FBS – while ranking sixth in the nation with 27 turnovers and seventh in tackles-for-loss per game (8.2).

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Therefore, it’s no surprise WSU’s DC has become a hot commodity since the regular season ended in late November.

Grinch’s name has also been tossed around in relation to defensive coordinator openings at Alabama, Texas A&M, Florida and Arkansas. 710 ESPN Seattle’s Brock Huard said on Wednesday the WSU DC “is weighing multiple job offers” and would be surprised if Grinch was back in Pullman for the 2018 football season.

Grinch was not made available to reporters following the Cougars’ practice on Thursday at Martin Stadium.

ESPN’s Adam Rittenberg recently reported that Grinch “is very much in demand” and that he “could be on the move after the Cougars’ bowl game.” Rittenberg also wrote: “While he’s been mentioned for SEC openings, Grinch is an Ohio native who may end up back in the Midwest. It’s unlikely WSU, which I’ve heard is reducing its football spending, could match some of the offers Grinch will receive.”

A USA Today salary database shows that Grinch is being paid an annual base salary of $600,000, with max bonuses no higher than $125,000. That makes him the 10th highest-paid assistant coach in the Pac-12 Conference, but those earnings are only good enough for 67th in the FBS.

WSU President tweeted Thursday that the school is “committed to putting the financial resources in place to ensure continued success for (WSU) – including enhancing our salary pool for our coaching staff. The only way we can continue our positive trend is for Cougs to stop worrying and contribute to Cougar Athletic Fund.”