Ohio University picked the new man to run its offense, and he may bring more to the table than just a running game.
OU hired Phil Earley as offensive coordinator, the school announced Wednesday. Earley served in the same capacity at the University of Nevada the past four seasons.
"I'm really excited about the opportunity to join the great staff at Ohio University and work for a man who I think has great character as well as being a savvy football coach," said Earley. "My family and I are anxiously looking forward to joining Ohio University and the Athens community."
Earley coached the nation's leading rusher and leading receiver in back-to-back seasons at Nevada. His offense ranked in the top ten nationally in 2001. Nevada placed 12th offensively in 2002.
"I am very pleased to have an opportunity to bring a great football mind like Phil Earley to Ohio University," head coach Brian Knorr said. "His track record of success made him a clear choice to lead our offensive unit."
Greg Gregory was fired at the end of last season after three years as the Bobcats' offensive coordinator.