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Report: Vrabel will join Ohio State staff

Posted on: July 10, 2011 9:36 am
Edited on: July 10, 2011 1:28 pm
 
Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Despite saying last month that he still wanted to play pro football, Chiefs LB Mike Vrabel apparently will get into another line of work -- coaching at his alma mater for his one-time Ohio State roommate.

That’s the word from the Columbus Dispatch, which reports that Vrabel is expected to be named as an assistant coach to new Buckeyes coach Luke Fickell.

Lately, Vrabel has been busy in NFLPA-NFL negotiations, and it’d be a bit of a surprise if he actually retired from his 14-year career after starting all 16 games for Kansas City last year and considering how hard he’s worked on the labor front.

Plus, after attending Fickell’s introductory news conference in June, he told reporters, “Luke knows I still have time to play.”

But the Dispatch writes that a news conference is tentatively scheduled for Monday. Vrabel probably would be added as a linebacker coach, Fickell’s old assistant position under former coach Jim Tressel.

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Since: Dec 31, 2010
Posted on: July 10, 2011 7:26 pm
 

Report: Vrabel will join Ohio State staff

You're not correct with your statement. Obviously you've been watching too much ESPN. OSU has been very proactive in self-reporting the violations to the NCAA. The media has portrayed OSU as being deceitful and dragging their heels, etc. The reality is they have been very cooperative with the NCAA, which will help their case. Please remember that OSU self reported everything - the media did not dig any of this dirt up as they have portrayed. They just caught wind of the NCAA investigation that was happening as a result of Ohio State turning themselves in. They will get additional sanctions, but they won't be as severe as you or ESPN would like.



Since: Dec 3, 2006
Posted on: July 10, 2011 4:37 pm
 

Report: Vrabel will join Ohio State staff

they are not going to get signif schollie reductions, and a bowl ban will be a year at most.   Unlike USC, they self reported the violation, and self imposed a vacation of all '10, and pressured tressel out, none of which USC did.   Ohio state not only has not dragged their heals, they have been cooperative and proactive.   7-5 this season, 8-4 in '12m, then back to kicking butt as usual.


I would love to think that you can claim ignorance on this one but that is not possible.  You have to be stupid to make statements like this.  First, it is inevitable that they will lose scholarships, get bowl bans, or both.  Yes, they self the vacation of wins but that was the least of what the NCAA would do.  So where is there a punishment in this?  They will keep the money that they generated from those games and the players will keep the rings.  I see no punishment here.  Then to claim that OSU has not dragged their heels.  This is the part that makes you stupid.  Where have they been proactive?  When they suspended Tressel for two games or when they next suspended him for 5 games.  Or maybe when they forced him out?  Or finally, now, when they vacated the wins in a lame attempt to look like they are "policing" themselves?  They have taken FOUR (4) attempts to get this right and they still have not.  I don't know how you can explain it in the world you live in (obviously one with a lot of heavy medication) but on planet Earth, this is a textbook definition of dragging your feet.



Since: Jul 28, 2009
Posted on: July 10, 2011 4:16 pm
 

Report: Vrabel will join Ohio State staff

bb.  you seriously arent worried about @ Miami?  yes, they have a new coach too, but they return a lot of guys, dont have suspended players, and having someone else qb the team other than jacory harris is addition by subtraction.  i see the following losses for osu:
Miami, Fl
Michigan State
Nebraska
Wisconsin
possibly PSU (50/50)
to go either 7-5 or 8-4.



Since: Feb 24, 2008
Posted on: July 10, 2011 4:11 pm
 

Report: Vrabel will join Ohio State staff

Vrabel seems like a good hire but you Buckeye fans are delusional if you think OSU isnt going to get hammered with more sanctions.  Dez Bryant was suspended for almost an entire season for doing nothing more than lying pretty much.  Also the fact that Tressel let all the suspended players play in the bowl game last year isn’t going to help that was a joke.  Someone from the University should of stepped up and let Tressel know what a terrible decision he was making.  Giving up past accolades isn’t going to cut it but then again the NCAA isn’t exactly known for there consistency so we will see.




Since: Jul 28, 2009
Posted on: July 10, 2011 4:11 pm
 

Report: Vrabel will join Ohio State staff

Bestbuck, I am not tryin to hate on our Bucks, but honestly I see 7-5.  you may be right about most talent in the league still (neb and wisky are close), but it is inexperienced talent  and obviously the coach hasnt coached a single game.   look at QB.  Its btw bauserman a senior who has thrown like 10 live passes EVER and a true freshman blue chip dual threat - braxton miller - who is like pryor, but 6'2" has a better throwing motion and hopefully less character issues.  so while this kid is krazy talented, he is new and hasnt learned coverages and check downs.  the QB position will be an "issue" for osu.  running back is stocked, so herron suspended is no biggie.  rod smith or carlos berry should fill in just fine.   posey suspended is a concern.  not much depth at WR.    they way i see it the o will struggle, so go bucks! but honestly 8-4 would be a lights out success season.



Since: Oct 6, 2006
Posted on: July 10, 2011 3:57 pm
 

Report: Vrabel will join Ohio State staff

I agree with everything you said free_safety, except 7-5. Really? OSU still has the most talent in the BiG even though some will be sitting the first 5 games. They might lose one of the first 5, but I doubt it. The Wisky game will be very very tough so will at Nebraska. I have no worries about any other game. I'd say 9-3 at worst but if they have something to play for post season look out for a very good season in Columbus.



Since: Nov 12, 2007
Posted on: July 10, 2011 3:53 pm
 

Report: Vrabel will join Ohio State staff

I'm not sure it matters who TOSU employs as their assistant coach as long as Michigan continues to hire guys like Brady Joke (can't win anywhere he goes). They will use Michigan as a door-step year after year. It's sad when you have been a member since '06 and still cannot bragg about beating your rival just once on this forum. ;)



Since: Jul 28, 2009
Posted on: July 10, 2011 3:50 pm
 

Report: Vrabel will join Ohio State staff

they are not going to get signif schollie reductions, and a bowl ban will be a year at most.   Unlike USC, they self reported the violation, and self imposed a vacation of all '10, and pressured tressel out, none of which USC did.   Ohio state not only has not dragged their heals, they have been cooperative and proactive.   7-5 this season, 8-4 in '12m, then back to kicking butt as usual.



Since: Apr 6, 2007
Posted on: July 10, 2011 3:15 pm
 

Report: Vrabel will join Ohio State staff

Given the way Vrabel has handled himself over his career, I'm willing to give him the benefit of the doubt with the incident a few months ago.  He is far from the cancer that alot of other NFL players are.

And I'll echo the comment that the NFL is much bigger than any college team.   He is certainly going to get paid more as an NFL player than a college assistant coach (who mind you will probably get replaced after a new regime comes in when the Fickell era flops).
 



Since: Dec 3, 2006
Posted on: July 10, 2011 2:42 pm
 

Report: Vrabel will join Ohio State staff

"So, good luck, Mike, OSU is about to become toast and that whole staff (including you) will be gone in 2 years."

Really?The Oakland Raiders change coaches about as often as players change their socks.  Unlike the pro game, OSU gives its coaching staff a chance to get the job done.  I fully expect the OSU Defense to remain consistent throughout this transition. Mike Vrabel will do just fine.


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