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Ohio State announces the hiring of Stan Drayton



Apparently Florida running backs coach and recruiting coordinator Stan Drayton won't be sticking around until National Signing Day afterall.

Ohio State has announced that Drayton has been hired as the Buckeyes' new wide receivers coach. Drayton replaces Darrell Hazell, who left to take the head coaching job at Kent State.

"Stan Drayton first and foremost is a fine person and family man,’’ Ohio State coach Jim Tressel said in a statement. “He is a Buckeye born and bred, and will add a tremendous dimension to our football family," Tressel said. "We are fortunate to gain one of the finest coaches in America to serve our kids, school and community.

Drayton is an Ohio native who was Florida's running backs coach and recruiting coordinator this past season, and also from 2005-07. He held the same position at Tennessee (2008) and Mississippi State (2004). He was one of three coaches on Urban Meyer's staff retained by new coach Will Muschamp.

The Cleveland Plain Dealer on Wednesday reported that Drayton was expected to be hired, but Florida athletic officials said the staff remained intact.  Speculation was that the annoucement reportedly was being delayed until after the Feb. 2 National Signing Day because Drayton was Florida's recruiting coordinator. But Ohio State officially announed the hiring today. Drayton's first day is Feb. 1.

“Our focus will always be on the staff that are here, our current players and the prospective student-athletes we are recruiting,’’ Florida coach Will Muschamp said in a statement.”


[Last modified: Thursday, January 27, 2011 4:50pm]


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