Sources: Rutgers, Syracuse eyeing Ohio State DC Chris Ash

Chris Ash, shown here in 2011 when he was with the Wisconsin Badgers, is drawing interest from the Scarlet Knights and the Orange, sources say.

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Ohio State defensive coordinator Chris Ash is being looked at as a good option by Rutgers to be the Scarlet Knights’ next head coach, a source told FOX Sports.

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The 41-year-old Ash is also in the running for the Syracuse head-coaching vacancy, a source said. Ash has done a terrific job improving the Buckeyes’ D, and their secondary in particular, the past two seasons since coming over from Arkansas. Having worked under Urban Meyer is another plus as his coaching tree has produced a very high percentage of strong head coaches. Among them: Kyle Whittingham, Dan Mullen, and the latest protege — Houston’s Tom Herman.

Ash’s knowledge of the Big Ten would also be a plus in the eyes of Rutgers’ brass. Ash is also a former Wisconsin defensive coordinator.

Rutgers fired coach Kyle Flood last Sunday after going 27-24 over four seasons.