Ohio State Gets Defensive; Formally Adds Withers and Vrabel to Staff

Written December 21st, 2011 by MaliBuckeye

In an announcement today that surprised no one, Urban Meyer has added former North Carolina interim head coach Everett Withers to the Buckeye Coaching Staff as Assistant Head Coach and Co-Defensive Coordinator (with Luke Fickell).

Welcome to Buckeye Nation!

Withers, who inherited the TarHeels after the tumult from this summer, has a legacy as a defensive backs guru, having coached the position at the college and professional level. From the press release-

Withers spent one year as defensive coordinator at the University of Minnesota prior to his North Carolina position. He also has been an assistant coach at the University of Texas (1998-2000; defensive backs), Louisville (1995-97; defensive coordinator/assistant head coach/defensive backs), Southern Mississippi (1992-93; defensive backs/assistant special teams), Tulane (1991; outside linebackers) and Austin Peay (1988-90; defensive coordinator/defensive backs; tight ends/special teams).

His first unit (at UNC in 2008) – ranked eighth in the country with 20 interceptions, a number that was just one off the UNC single season record.His 2009 defense was among the nation’s elite, ranking sixth in total defense, 10th against the run, 13th in scoring and 14th in pass defense. His 2010 unit ranked fourth in the Atlantic Coast Conference and 30th nationally. Five players off that unit were taken in the NFL draft, including first-round pick Robert Quinn. And this past year the Tar Heels ranked 14th against the run.

As you can probably guess, he’s stoked:

I am excited, and I couldn’t be more excited to be on coach Urban Meyer’s staff at The Ohio State University. Ohio State is obviously one of the storied programs in college athletics. Having an opportunity to work at that university, and as part of Coach Meyer’s staff, is something that you just can’t pass up.

Additionally, after much speculation, it was announced today that coach Mike Vrabel will be retained as a part of the staff. Read More

Picks for the Weak: Week Four

Written September 22nd, 2011 by Joe Dexter

Dabo and his Tigers are HUNGRY....

It’s week four of the college football season, and you weaklings are gaining strength. No, it’s not from our expert prespective… Yeah, no. This week, us college football fans get our inspiration for top notch picks by pumping ice water in our veins!

We might be in Death Valley, but it’s our time to choose greatness! Are you going to be the next greatest tBBC College Challenge Champion? Are you going to put the ! in Yahoo!??? Week three is in the books, and another slate of games is in front of us. Are you going to eat rock like Dabo?? Or are you going to eat crow like Brady Hoke?

It’s time to step up your game like OSU Silver Bullet, Buffalobuckeye, The Silver Bullets, BWCGF3, and Culp’s Freaking Hill. tBBC is here to help you with your picks. We’re just not sure if we’re helping you jump up the standings or jump off the face of the earth.

Week 3 Review:

Everyone but yours truly finished .500 or better in week three, with the experts receiving a week off.  The staff swept the board with Southern Idaho State, Nebraska and LSU.  Only Joe L  had the cajones to pick Notre Dame  against Michigan State.  He  and Jime were also smart enough not to dip their picks into the Miami (OH) Butter.  Here’s a look at last week’s standings.

Mali 6-4 – Eric 6-4 -Jim 8-2 – Experts **BYE – Joe L – 7-3  Joe D 4-6 – Computer – 5-5

Oh Boy. As you can see, the picks get harder as we get closer to conference play…. Or maybe I’m just destined to finish worse than a machine. Here is a look at the current standings heading into week 4.

Mali 20-9 – Eric 21-8 -Jim 20-9 – Experts – 14-5* – Joe L – 17-12 Joe D 14-15 – Computer – 13-16

Week Four Analysis:

There are some big games this week, but there are also some ugly ones. Helping us break down some of the better ones is Kyle Kensing of Saturday Blitz. We talk expansion, Alabama/Arkansas, Oklahoma State/Texas A&M, Florida State/Clemson as well as scUM vs. SDSU.  Kyle also breaks down our Week 4 games in writing this week.

Picks For The Weak: Week 4 by The Buckeye Battle Cry

Now to the games!

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Music City Bowl: North Carolina vs. Tennessee

Written December 29th, 2010 by Joe Laing

Back with another preview- get out your fiddles.

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UNC (7-5) vs. Tennessee (6-6)

Music City Bowl

Nashville, TN


Elvis, Willie, Haggard, Cash, Cline.  The legends of country music.  They’d probably be ashamed by this, though.  This game is in it’s 13th year currently pairing the SEC vs the ACC.  Last year was a battle between Clemson and Kentucky in which Clemson won.  Now sponsored by Franklin America Mortgage, this thing used to be sponsored by the Gaylord Hotels- wonder if Focker is still working there?

Listen to me!

North Carolina Tarheels

TJ Yates has been a surprise player this year for UNC.  They were expecting a dominating defense with talent like DT Marvin Austin, LB  Bruce Carter, CB Denuta Williams but they have struggled and ended up with the 46th ranked defense in points allowed at 23 pts/game.

With the early season suspensions, UNC really underperformed what was expected from them.  I expect Butch to have them ready for a last ditch effort to end the season… and you’ve got to wonder how much more leeway Tarheel faithful will give Davis to turn things around- although, it is a basketball school.

Help! Need Help!

Tennessee Volunteers

Anyone volunteerin to play for these guys?  Dooley in his first year had another down year for Tennessee’s standards.  Frosh Tyler Bray has taken the reigns at the QB position and hasn’t looked back.  Tennessee finished the season on a strong note, and a bowl game victory could go along way in building confidence going into next year.  RB Poole could also look to have a big game.

Who Are We Picking?

  • Eric- UNC
  • Jay- UNC
  • Jeff- UNC
  • Jim- Tenn
  • Joe- UNC
  • Mali- UNC

Jim is standing out on an island all by himself, and will either look brilliant or…  This is basically a home game for Tennessee, but is anyone going to want to travel to watch them? Look for this to be a somewhat ugly game and not just because of the uniform colors. There will be two decent defenses and under-performing offenses… so it probably won’t be a shoot out.