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Everett Withers confirms Ohio State hiring

North Carolina interim head coach Everett Withers confirmed Wednesday that he is indeed heading to Ohio State.

Withers told reporters that he would become Urban Meyer's co-defensive coordinator and assistant head coach, as had been rumored for a while. He's the second new hire to the Buckeyes' staff under Meyer, joining offensive coordinator Tom Herman.

Withers oversaw some outstanding defenses stuffed with future pros at North Carolina. He also has experience in the Big Ten, having served as Minnesota's defensive coordinator in 2007.

He becomes the second assistant under Meyer that has worked as a head coach this past season, joining Luke Fickell. It remains to be seen how Withers and Fickell will split responsibilities, though Meyer has said that Fickell will call the defensive plays. Fickell was also interviewed for the vacant Pitt head coaching job but does not appear to be that school's top choice.

Withers will coach the Tar Heels in the Dec. 26 AdvoCare V100 Independence Bowl against Missouri before joining the Buckeyes.