Alex Grinch doesn't want to talk about Ohio State, saying instead that he's focused on trying to win a 10th game

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Multiple reports have surfaced over the last couple of weeks linking WSU defensive coordinator Alex Grinch to a possible job opening at Ohio State. Per FootballScoop, he would reportedly become the Buckeyes’ 10th assistant coach after new NCAA rules allowing for a 10th coach go into effect Jan. 9.

But when asked after practice at Southwestern College on Tuesday how he handles reports linking him with the Ohio State job opening, Grinch told reporters: “What you do is focus on the guys you just spent three years with” and talked extensively about how much work the players have put in, and how badly they all want to finish with a 10-win season for the first time since 2003.

“Anything you devote your life to after a year’s time, you’d really like to focus on that time in particular and the next one being 48 hours from now,” Grinch said. “So no distractions, there’s too much going into this one to take away from it.”

Then, asked pointedly if he will be back in Pullman for next season, Grinch said, “Appreciate it, guys,” and walked away.

Grinch, an Ohio native, is currently finishing his third season as WSU’s defensive coordinator, and under him, the Cougars went from being the country’s 97th-ranked overall defense in 2014 to the 15th-ranked defense in 2017 allowing an average of 313.6 yards per game.