Everett Withers Joining Ohio State, Mike Vrabel To Remain On Staff

Ohio State Buckeyes head coach Urban Meyer announced Wednesday that 24-year coaching veteran Everett Withers is joining his staff as co-defensive coordinator and assistant head coach.

Withers is currently the interim head coach for the North Carolina Tar Heels.

Withers has 17 years of college coaching experience along with seven seasons of NFL experience. He spent six years as the Tennessee Titans defensive backs coach and a year as the defensive quality control coach for the New Orleans Saints.

"Everett is extremely well respected across the country," Meyer said. "I’ve known about him for a number of years and followed his progress as a college and NFL assistant coach. He will be a great fit for this staff and I think he and Luke [Fickell] are going to work well together as the co-coordinators of our defense."

Withers' college experience includes stints with Austin Peay, Tulane, Southern Miss, Louisville, Texas, Minnesota and North Carolina.

Withers fashioned a 7-5 record out of a 2011 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.

For more Ohio State, head to Buckeyes blog Along The Olentangy and Big Ten blog Off Tackle Empire. For more college football news, stay tuned to SB Nation, and here's our 2011 Coaching Carousel Tracker.

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