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Source: Everett Withers to join Ohio St.

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- North Carolina coach Everett Withers has been hired as an assistant by Urban Meyer and Ohio State, a source close to the hiring told ESPN's Joe Schad.

For now, Withers still plans to coach the Tar Heels in the Independence Bowl.

Withers said Wednesday he's "disappointed" that he isn't the permanent choice to lead the UNC football program. But he said coaches "learn to move on fast."

North Carolina athletic director Bubba Cunningham interviewed Withers before hiring Larry Fedora from Southern Mississippi. That leaves Withers and his staff to prepare for the Dec. 26 game against Missouri in the AdvoCare V100 Independence Bowl knowing it's their last at UNC.

Withers took over when the school fired Butch Davis before the season amid an NCAA investigation into the program. Withers led the Tar Heels (7-5) to a fourth straight bowl game.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.