The Big Ten is a world unto itself, sort of like a Marvel universe: it’s not always easy for its superheroes to cross over — say, into the Pac 10 or ACC. Besides, there’s a lot of incentive to keep top talent around, especially talent you’ve seen up close and personal. That’s how football coach Kevin Wilson finds himself on the job for The Ohio State University Buckeyes football program. These days Wilson is the offensive coordinator under Urban Meyer, the Buckeyes head coach and reigning eminence. Last year Wilson didn’t look up to anybody in the coaching hierarchy — he was the head coach at Indiana University. Wilson resigned that position last year after a successful but sometimes controversial tenure and took the Ohio State job.
With Ohio State opening up against Indiana at IU’s Memorial Stadium, Wilson will be in the Offensive Coordinator booth on an unfamiliar side. But not totally: he coached offenses against Indiana at Northwestern and Miami of Ohio before landing the Hoosier gig. There won’t be any sympathy for the Hoosier side either while Wilson’s wearing his headset (he’s a pro), but the coach no doubt has affection for many of the players he coached (and drove to two consecutive Bowl games) while at Indiana. And there’s this: Wilson still has daughters enrolled at IU. In all, Wilson and his wife Angela have five children: Elaina, Makenzie, Marlee, Trey and Troy. This is Wilson’s 34th year in coaching. He earned a Master’s Degree from North Carolina in 1987. Good thing too: he’ll need to master a lot of emotions as he transitions to the Buckeyes.
— Kevin Wilson (@OSUCoachKDub) October 15, 2016
— Kevin Wilson (@OSUCoachKDub) May 28, 2016
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