Perry Eliano, the Ohio State safety coach, will not be back the following year

In the aftermath of their disappointing Cotton Bowl loss to the Missouri Tigers, Ohio State Buckeyes head coach Ryan Day announced that his coaching staff would be undergoing changes this offseason.

Now that Day and the Buckeyes have parted ways with safeties coach Perry Eliano, those changes have formally started.

Eliano’s two-year contract was coming to an end, and the program decided not to extend it.

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The Ohio State Athletic Department released a statement saying, “Ohio State University head football coach Ryan Day has informed assistant coach Perry Eliano that he will not be retained on staff for the 2024 football season.” “Eliano, who oversaw the safety position for the team, was nearing the end of his first two-year contract with Ohio State. The hunt is on for his replacement.”

After an outstanding tenure as the Cincinnati Bearkats’ cornerbacks coach—during which his team finished 2021 ranked No. 2 in the country for pass defense and No. 3 in the country for interceptions—Eliano joined the Buckeyes in the 2022 campaign.

Additionally, he assisted Coby Bryant and Sauce Garnder—now NFL stars—in earning All-American status.

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Eliano assisted Ohio State in moving up from the 96th-ranked pass defense in the nation to the No. 26 unit in the country during his first season on the team in 2022.

And the Buckeyes made even more progress in that regard in 2023, concluding the campaign as the top pass defense in the country with a mere 145.9 yards allowed per contest.

The Buckeyes have declared that their search for a replacement is “ongoing,” and they will now start that process.

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