Mike Vrabel may end up being the final domino to fall into place after violations severely altered the Ohio State coaching staff in 2011. With Jim Tressel out and Luke Fickell in as the new head coach, Fickell's former spot on the defensive side was in need of a replacement.
According to CollegeFootballTalk, "there’s a very good chance" former Ohio State defensive lineman and current Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Mike Vrabel will be named as a defensive assistant for the Buckeyes and that announcement could be made as early as this coming Monday.
Vrabel would have to retire from the NFL first. He is considered an active free agent for the time being.
Vrabel's name has been thrown around as far back as Fickell's introductory press conference. Vrabel is also on the record as saying "I think it’s certainly something I’d be interested in under the right situation."
Vrabel finished his career at Ohio State by being named the Big Ten Defensive Lineman of the Year in both 1995 and 1996, becoming only the second player to ever win the award twice.
One issue that might arise, especially given the precarious details surrounding the Ohio State program, is Vrabel's recent arrest. In March 2011, Vrabel was arrested and charged with allegedly stealing bottles of beer at an Indiana casino. Vrabel said, "It was an unfortunate misunderstanding, and I take full responsibility for the miscommunication."
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