As first reported by Bill Greene of Scout.com, departing Ohio State Co-Defensive Coordinator and Safeties Coach Chris Ash will stay with the Buckeyes long enough to coach in the upcoming bowl game. Ash is expected to be named head coach at Rutgers on Monday, pending approval by that school's board of governors.
Have learned that new Rutgers head coach Chris Ash will also coach the Ohio State defense in their bowl game.— Bill Greene (@BillBankGreene) December 6, 2015
The Columbus Dispatch confirmed the news with Ash.
With his hiring at Rutgers pending, co-defensive coordinator Chris Ash tells me that he will coach for #OhioState through the bowl game.— Bill Rabinowitz (@brdispatch) December 6, 2015
Other coaches, such as Dino Babers, often leave before the bowl game to get a head start on assembling staff, recruiting and settling into their new positions, so Ash's decision to stay through the bowl game shows tremendous loyalty.
Ash has been coaching Ohio State's defense for the past two seasons, helping shape that unit into the nation's second-best scoring defense in 2015. For him to stay on through the bowl game will help the transition, as well as the game planning for Ohio State's postseason opponent.