Ohio State confirms Drayton will be new WR coach


Published: Thursday, January 27, 2011 at 11:16 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 27, 2011 at 5:04 p.m.

The speculation about Florida running backs coach/recruiting coordinator Stan Drayton became fact Thursday: he's leaving to become the new wide receivers coach at Ohio State.

OSU announced the hiring of Drayton on Thursday morning.

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

Drayton is a Cleveland native, so he's going home to Ohio to what he probably considers his dream job.

It's not just a new job, but new responsibility for Drayton, who spent 14 years coaching running backs at the collegiate level.

With Drayton leaving, new Florida coach Will Muschamp will be in the market for a new running backs coach. Drayton was one of three assistants Muschamp retained from Urban Meyer's staff. The others are Brian White (tight ends/fullbacks) and D.J. Durkin (linebackers/special teams).

"Our focus will always be on the staff that are here, our current players and the prospective student-athletes we are recruiting," Muschamp said.

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