Mark Osiecki Fired at Ohio State

Gregory Shamus

After three promising seasons, Osiecki was let go for "a difference of opinion"

Ohio State announced today that head coach Mark Osiecki was fired, after what Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith said was "a difference of opinion over the management of the program that could not be resolved." Assistant coach Steve Rohlik will take over as point-person for the program until Ohio State can find a replacement.

Osiecki had been head coach in Columbus for the past three seasons, compiling a 46-50-16 record, and seemed to have Ohio State's program on the rise with a lot of young talent that he helped bring to the school, and the future looked pretty bright with a nice group of recruits lined up.

The most logical conclusion is that Ohio State will heavily pursue former Denver head coach George Gwozdecky. Gwozdecky played a strange role three years ago when the Buckeyes hired Osiecki. Gwozdecky's name was floated as a candidate for the job, before it was announced that Gwozdecky helped advise Gene Smith in the process that eventually brought Osiecki to Columbus.

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