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Buckeyes officially name Alford to staff



COLUMBUS, Ohio - Ohio State made the hiring of Tony Alford official on Tuesday afternoon with a press release naming the veteran coach as Ohio State's new assistant head coach for offense/running backs.

Reports surfaced shortly after the departure of Stan Drayton that Alford would be the new hire and Tuesday's release makes it official as the Buckeyes are now full on the coaching roster in making this move. This is the second move for the Buckeyes in the offseason as they had to replace Tom Herman with Tim Beck when Herman took over the duties as the head coach at the University of Houston.

"I've known Tony Alford for a long time and I am very pleased to be adding him to our staff,
" head coach Urban Meyer said via press release. "He is an exceptional person and coach who is going to work really well with our staff and who will be an outstanding mentor and teacher for this football program."

Alford spent the past six season at Notre Dame but his and Meyer's paths crossed at Colorado State in 1990 when Meyer was an assistant coach under Earle Bruce and Alford was a senior running back for the Rams.

Alford has plenty of ties with the Buckeyes however when it comes to working with current members of the staff. Alford was part of staffs at Notre Dame with Ed Warinner and Tim Hinton while Alford also worked with Chris Ash at Iowa State during the early 2000s.

"I am excited for a number of reasons," Alford said. "I am looking forward to working for Coach Meyer, someone I've known for a long time. I know his family. And I know his coaches. I've worked directly with three of them and I've recruited against all of them."

The historical significance is not lost on Alford either as he leaves one storied program for another.

"The history of the Ohio State program speaks for itself," Alford added. "I am extremely humbled and flattered that I was the guy who Coach Meyer wanted. And for that, I feel deeply indebted to Notre Dame … to Brian Kelly, Jack Swarbrick and Father Jenkins, and to the many players who I was able to work with, build relationships with and know. They were all great to me. And now I look forward to the new challenges and experiences and growth opportunities at Ohio State, and I'm excited to start helping them win another championship."

As a coach Alford has coached four 1,000-yard rushers during his career including Darren Davis at Iowa State who broke the century mark three years straight for the Cyclones.

As a recruiter there are few assistants out there that come with the pedigree of Alford and the new ohio State coach was named one of Rivals.com's top-25 recruiters in 2011. While no specifics were released in terms of where Alford's territory will be, it should be expected that Meyer will have Alford focus on Florida, a state he has had much success in through the years.

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