Urban Meyer could replace the departed Kerry Coombs with a face familiar to Buckeye fans.
Temple defensive coordinator Taver Johnson, who coached Ohio State cornerbacks from 2007-11, is back in the university employee directory as an assistant coach:
Multiple reports, including one from Sports Illustrated's Bruce Feldman, have indicated that Johnson has left Temple and will join the Buckeyes' staff.
SOURCE: DC Taver Johnson has left #Temple... He is expected to take.a job on the #OhioState staff. He would become the second defensive coordinator the Buckeyes have added (along with Alex Grinch) this winter in addition to retaining DC Greg Schiano.
— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) February 12, 2018
Johnson would be Urban Meyer's 10th assistant coach.
Johnson was initially retained to be a part of Urban Meyer's original Ohio State staff in 2012, but left that position – which was briefly filled by Bill Sheridan before ultimately being filled by Coombs – to become the linebackers coach at Arkansas. After one season coaching linebackers and another season coaching defensive backs for the Razorbacks, he was the defensive backs coach at Purdue from 2014 to 2016.