Withers brings a long history (including at the NFL level) coaching the secondary that will complement Fickell’s (and Vrabel’s) experience with the linemen and linebackers nicely.
The Buckeyes could even be looking at a co-defensive coordinator arrangement between Withers and Fickell (similar to the arrangement between Heacock and Fickell under Tressel).
Regardless of the titles, the defensive staff will likely consist of Luke Fickell and Mike Vrabel coaching the linemen and linebackers while Everett Withers and Taver Johnson coach the secondary.
With that group of four in place, Meyer may turn his attention entirely to the offensive side of the ball to fill the remaining positions on his coaching staff.
Withers’ experience includes:
2011 North Carolina Interim Head Coach
2008-2010 North Carolina Defensive Coordinator/Secondary
2007 Minnesota Defensive Coordinator
2001-2006 Tennessee Titans Defensive Backs Coach
1998-2000 Texas Defensive Backs
1995- 1997 Louisville Defensive Coordinator
1994 New Orleans Saints Defensive Quality Control
1992-1993 Southern Mississippi Defensive Backs
1991 Tulane Outside Linebackers
1990 Austin Peay Wide Receivers/Special Teams
1988-1989 Austin Peay Defensive Coordinator
A resume like that speaks for itself. Withers is a tremendous hire for the Buckeyes and a welcomed new member to the defensive staff.
On top of everything else, Withers went to college at Appalachian State, so we know he has Wolverine slaying in his blood!
Welcome to Buckeye Nation, Coach Withers!