Michigan football steals RB coach Tony Alford from Ohio State Buckeyes

After assembling what looks like a super-team on paper via both recruiting and the transfer portal, a coaching centerpiece for Ohio State is defecting for his rival.

Michigan football moved quickly following the departure of fan favorite and all-time rushing leader Mike Hart, who coached the running backs the past three seasons in Ann Arbor. And it turns out that the Wolverines wanted some retribution after losing Greg Mattison and Al Washington to OSU in 2019.

A nine-year coach for the Buckeyes, Tony Alford is surprisingly departing Columbus in favor of the maize and blue. He was reported as a target on Wednesday morning, and according to ESPN’s Pete Thamel, he’s taking the job at ‘that school up north.’

Of course, it still needs to become a done deal. We’ve seen coaches expected to sign with Michigan football only to end up continuing on with their previous team. But if the Wolverines can indeed close the deal, it will be a huge shot over the bow at Ryan Day and the scarlet and gray.

Alford has overseen some very talented running backs during his tenure in Columbus, including Ezekiel Elliott, J.K. Dobbins, Curtis Samuel, Mike Weber, Trey Sirmon, Miyan Williams, and TreVeyon Henderson. He was expected to coach Ole Miss transfer Quinshon Judkins, but instead he’ll oversee a room comprised of Donovan Edwards (who he heavily recruited to OSU), Kalel Mullings, Cole Cabana, Benjamin Hall, and Jordan Marshall.

Prior to Ohio State, Alford spent six years coaching running backs and wide receivers at Notre Dame. A native of Ohio, Alford originally played running back at Colorado State.


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