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Former Notre Dame coach Tony Alford talks new Ohio State job

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Tyler James
South Bend Tribune

Ohio State assistant head coach for offense/running backs coach Tony Alford met with reporters in Columbus on Thursday for the first time since joining the Buckeyes.

Alford, who left as Notre Dame's recruiting coordinator and running backs coach in February, discussed his transition to Ohio State among other topics.

In the video below, courtesy of Cleveland.com, Alford touched on his recruiting reputation (3:30) and why he came to Ohio State (5:22). Alford called the move an "agonizing decision."

"I was at a great place," Alford said. "Make no bones about that. I was at a fantastic place that took great care of me and my family. I almost was treated unfairly being so kind to me as they were. It was an agonizing decision because I had been there a long time.

"But for my professional growth, I thought this would be best for me. That's not taking anything away from (ND athletic director) Jack Swarbrick, (head coach) Brian Kelly, (university president) Father John (Jenkins). Like I said, they were fabulous. I have such great respect and admiration for them and that university. But for my professional growth, I had to do this.

"I got an unbelievable amount of respect for (Ohio State head coach) Urban (Meyer), a guy I've played for — I've known him since I was in my early 20s — and (former Ohio State and Colorado State head coach) Earle Bruce and the great job and great history of this place. I thought it would be good for me and to put on my resume too as I continue to move forward in this profession."

Former Notre Dame running backs coach Tony Alford met with media Thursday at Ohio State for the first time since taking a job with the Buckeyes. (SBT Photo/ROBERT FRANKLIN)