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Everett Withers: 'I'm headed to Ohio State'

Posted on: December 21, 2011 1:23 pm
Edited on: December 21, 2011 1:53 pm
Posted by Chip Patterson

After ongoing speculation regarding both Everett Withers' future and the makeup of Urban Meyer's new staff at Ohio State, North Carolina's interim head coach confirmed he will be in Columbus for the 2012 season.

Withers was a guest on The David Glenn Show (listen to audio here) on Wednesday, and confirmed that being a head coach was a goal of his for "at least seven or eight years." But Withers appeared to have no trouble putting that goal on hold for the moment considering the opportunities in Columbus.

"At this present time I'm headed to Ohio State to be the assistant head coach and co-defensive coordinator," Withers confirmed. "For obvious reasons, to have the opportunity to work on a staff with Coach [Urban] Meyer and to learn and grow with him and what he's starting at Ohio State. It's a great opportunity, a great challenge for me, and I'm looking forward to it."

Withers took over in Chapel Hill after Butch Davis was dismissed just days before the opening of 2011 training camp, and led the Tar Heels to a 7-5 regular season record. As the interim head coach, Withers was a candidate for the full-time head coaching position. Athletic director Bubba Cunningham interviewed the Tar Heels' former defensive coordinator, but eventually hired Southern Miss head coach Larry Fedora as the next head coach.

Withers will coach the Tar Heels in the Independence Bowl against Missouri on Dec. 26. As interim head coach, Withers stressed the importance of this team's fourth-straight postseason trip and the opportunity for the school's second-straight bowl victory. The Tar Heels have not won back-to-back bowl games since the 1997-1998 seasons, during the transition from Mack Brown to Carl Torbush.

Withers' is expected to share the defensive coordinator duties with Ohio State's current interim head coach, Luke Fickell. Fickell was given the opportunity to stay on staff by Urban Meyer, though he has interviewed for the open head coaching position at Pittsburgh. Withers has had numerous stops as a defensive assistant before arriving in Chapel Hill, notably including stints with Texas and the Tennessee Titans of the NFL.

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Since: Nov 3, 2007
Posted on: December 21, 2011 9:26 pm

Everett Withers: 'I'm headed to Ohio State'

Well LSUSMC, I think Meyer allowed Fickel to stay on as a courtesy but Withers is the new DC.  Withers did a very good job against your team a year ago.  With six starters out UNC came within one of two caught passes in the end zone in the last ten seconds of beating LSU in the first game of the year and the whole country saw it. 

As for Ohio State being skewered by the NCAA, it's a badge of honor.  The NCAA in recent years has taken down anyone who threatens the SEC.  USC, UNC, Oregon and Ohio State while overlooking SEC teams, Alabama, Auburn, Tennessee and South Carolina.  It looks as though they may allow South Carolina to be their sacrificial lamb though.  Look for them to get busted to divert attention away from their SEC bias.  South Carolina has always been irrelevent across the board anyway.  Watch for it.     

Since: Oct 9, 2006
Posted on: December 21, 2011 8:01 pm

Everett Withers: 'I'm headed to Ohio State'

no buckeye bashing yet?!? weird for such a tarnished and "illegal" program to have everyone wanting to come to c'bus.

Since: Jun 8, 2011
Posted on: December 21, 2011 6:05 pm

Everett Withers: 'I'm headed to Ohio State'

My take on this is that they are expecting Fickell to bolt.

Good luck Everett!  Wish you could have had a better situation to fall into at Carolina, but I think all of us expected a total house-cleaning after Chancellor Holdyour Thorp decided to fire Davis 8 days before the start of camp.

Since: Aug 18, 2010
Posted on: December 21, 2011 2:05 pm

Everett Withers: 'I'm headed to Ohio State'

What ridiculous titles for this guy.  He is the co-defensive coordinator, which means he is basically equal with someone else.  But, he adds asst HC, which means that he is over everyone but the HC.  So, is he really the co-defensive coordinator or the asst HC.  This is PC nonsense and is far from leadership in any way. 

Since: Apr 2, 2011
Posted on: December 21, 2011 1:44 pm

Everett Withers: 'I'm headed to Ohio State'

Sorry NCAA.  You couldnt mess this up with your penalty.

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