One of the best linebackers to ever put on the scarlet and gray is back on the sidelines at Ohio State. Three-time All-American, James Laurinaitis, was hired by Ryan Day as a graduate assistant to work with the linebackers (of course!).
Day lured him away from another former Buckeye linebacker, Marcus Freeman, now the head coach of Notre Dame, in what was the same type of capacity. You have to think that Laurinaitis was happy for the opportunity one of his friends provided, but it was probably a pretty quick answer to be back with the program he gave his blood, sweat, and tears for.
We heard from Day after the hire was announced, but Laurinaitis also released a statement through his Twitter account shortly after the news made the rounds. To say that he was eager, excited, and grateful would probably be an understatement.
"I am honored and thrilled to return to this wonderful and historic school that is my alma mater," Laurinaits said in a statement. "I look forward to developing young men in the program that provided so much for me and my development as a player both on and off the field."
It was a simple and concise statement, but one that you can bet is heartfelt. Something tells me this is just the beginning of a career that has a ton of potential for one of the most beloved linebackers in Ohio State football history.
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