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Co-Defensive Coordinator Everett Withers
What's the first order of business when a head coach takes over? Besides buying a tie to match the official colors of the university, he of course must assemble a coaching staff.
During his introductory press conference, Urban Meyer was quoted as saying that his plan was to "try and assemble the best coaching staff in America." The recruiting will more than likely be there, but what about the guys he brought in to coach 'em up?
For starters, you've got to feel good about the key guys that Meyer kept around.
There's Luke Fickell, who was around for a lot of those years when Ohio State continually rolled out great defenses year after year, and then you have Super Bowl ring-toting Mike Vrabel. He's young and inexperienced, but let's conjure a guess that he's gleaned a thing or two from the Bill Belichick staffs through the years.
That should serve the Buckeye defense well.
But where Meyer may have done his best job is by having three guys good enough to have been considered for head coaching gigs, with himself, Everett Withers and of course Luke Fickell. If two heads are better than one, then three's a down-right luxury.
There's also some up-and-coming names in the profession to keep things fresh like the literal high-IQ guy (no joke), Tom Herman to run the offense, along with Stan Drayton (running backs) and Zach Smith (wide receivers).
The flip side to all of this of course is that there ARE some unproven guys, some egos that will have to be checked at the door and a group that has never been together before will need to find some chemistry in the football-science lab.
Oh, and let's not forget about the hiring of Mickey Marotti to perform the equivalent of Ohio State football's extreme make over in the areas of fitness and nutrition.
It's quite a staff on paper, and one that was lured to Columbus with a substantial amount of money. We'll reserve ultimate judgement until we see how it all shakes out, but so far, so good.