The University of Cincinnati is expected to hire former Ohio State defensive coordinator Kerry Coombs, sources told ESPN, marking his return to the city where he spent more than two decades as a high school coach and a school where he began his college coaching career.

Coombs is expected to coach cornerbacks and be the special teams coordinator for the Bearcats, working on defense under second-year coordinator Mike Tressel. Coombs was demoted from playcalling duties at Ohio State in September, and his Buckeyes departure sets up a reunion with the school where he'd spent five seasons as an assistant under Brian Kelly and Butch Jones from 2007 to '11.