Ohio State is replacing defensive coordinator Greg Schiano with a pair of new defensive coaches, one of them a longtime assistant from rival MI.
Hafley will work under Ohio State head coach Ryan Day, who was the 49ers quarterbacks coach in 2016. Since, Ohio State made a run at the Columbus native, and he seems to be poised to join Mattison coaching what was briefly his arch-rival.
Day worked with Mattison on Urban Meyer's staff at Florida.More news: USA targets suspected USS Cole bombing planner in Yemen - statement
The Buckeyes will be replacing Schiano with former MI defensive line coach Greg Mattison and former San Fransico 49ers assistant Jeff Hafley.
The university said Tuesday that Day hired MI linebackers coach Al Washington for the same position on the Ohio State staff. And though there have been no recent reports linking him to a job with the Patriots, his relationship with head coach Bill Belichick would make him a natural fit.
The Buckeyes' linebackers were arguably the biggest weakness of Ohio State's 2018 team. Greg (Mattison) is a terrific coach. Washington also played at Boston College - he was a three-year starter at defensive tackle - when Day was a graduate assistant for the Eagles for two years in the early 2000s. Harbaugh retained Mattison from Brady Hoke's staff. Mattison had been Hoke's defensive coordinator.More news: CES 2019: Vive Cosmos is a brand new VR headset from HTC
The 34-year-old Washington is a Columbus native whose father played linebacker for the Buckeyes.
Ohio State also announced that defensive line coach Larry Johnson will continue coaching the defensive line, but has also been promoted to associate head coach.More news: Dick Cheney's daughter slams Christian Bale's 'Satan' comment — Golden Globes