North Carolina Tar Heels interim head coach Everett Withers will join Urban Meyer's Ohio St. Buckeyes staff as an assistant coach, according to the Gainesville Sun's Pat Dooley. As he's a defensive coach by trade, it's not exactly clear what his role in Columbus would be, since Luke Fickell retained defensive coordinator duties after Meyer took the head coach title.
@pat_dooley Ohio State's hiring of Everett Withers will be announced later today. Big hire for Urban Meyer. He loves the guy.
But former Arizona Wildcats coach Mike Stoops was reportedly a co-defensive coordinator target. That sort of arrangement could still be the plan, or this could be a sign that Fickell is leaving for the Pittsburgh Panthers job or elsewhere.
Withers fashioned a 7-5 record out of a UNC team that lost head coach Butch Davis just before the season began. His 2009 defense ranked No. 6 in the country, while his 2010 squad ranked No. 30.
Other than a year with the Minnesota Golden Gophers, he's yet to coach outside of the Southeast since 1988.
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