CHICAGO -- Ohio State fifth-year senior Parris Campbell has witnessed quite a bit during his collegiate career.

However, he has never experienced losing his position coach with merely a week remaining before preseason camp begins.

Until now.

Ohio State terminated the contract of wide receivers coach Zach Smith on Monday, and head coach Urban Meyer says he plans on naming a replacement later this week. According to Austin Ward of Lettermen Row, the new WR coach will be former OSU and NFL receiver, Brian Hartline.

Campbell is one of three player reps for Ohio State at Big Ten media days in Chicago, and he reacted to the firing of Smith on Tuesday while meeting with reporters.

"It was a devastating loss for us," Campbell said. "It is obviously not something you expect, especially at a time like this, when you're only a week out (from the beginning of preseason camp). But I think the main focus and the main goal is to lean on one another.

"It's a huge loss, but I think we'll move forward. Everything hasn't changed. We're still the same group. Still "Zone 6." We still have the same motivations and we're ready to get the season going."

Campbell explained how he learned of the news.

"I found out just like you guys -- through social media," he said.

Campbell added that Smith has not spoken to the wide receivers since his firing.

"Not yet," he said. "I'm sure he will soon, but not yet."

The Buckeyes have one of the most veteran, experienced groups of wide receivers in the country. That could help mitigate the loss of Smith.

"I think it helps a lot because we've got a lot of mature guys who are not naive to the situation," Campbell said. "We understand what's going on. We understand what a critical time it is right now. But I think me, Terry McLaurin and Johnnie Dixon -- being the eldest guys of the group -- we know we need to ratchet things up and make sure the freshmen and the young guys know what we're doing, and just move forward."

Former OSU and NFL receiver Brian Hartline could be named the Buckeyes' WR coach as early as this week. Hartline has been helping out the team on a volunteer basis the last two years, and Campbell seems very high on him.

"It's been great working with him," Campbell said. "He's a great guy and played at the next level; actually dominated at the next level. So, it's been great.

"I don't know what's going to happen moving forward, but I put all the trust into coach (Urban) Meyer and our coaching staff to make the right decision for our players, which they always do."

For more from Campbell, watch our embedded video interview above (which was shot by our Steve Helwagen).