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‘Very good chance’ Mike Vrabel joins Buckeyes’ coaching staff

Mike Vrabel

When Jim Tressel abruptly resigned on Memorial Day and assistant Luke Fickell was promoted to head coach, a hole was created on the Buckeyes’ coaching staff.

Based on the word we’ve been receiving over the past few days, that hole could be filled very soon.  And by an individual very familiar to members of the Buckeye Nation.

Two university sources have told CFT that, while it’s not a done deal, “there’s a very good chance” former Ohio State defensive lineman and current Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Mike Vrabel will fill the vacancy on the defensive side of the ball.  One source stated that an announcement could be made as early as this coming Monday.

The move, were it to happen, wouldn’t come as a complete surprise as Vrabel and Fickell are longtime friends after being teammates — and roommates — at OSU in the mid-nineties.

The 14-year veteran has yet to retire from the NFL and has been actively involved in the ongoing labor saga, although he would be a free agent if/when a new collective bargaining agreement is reached; his deal with the Chiefs expired following the 2010 season.  Should this OSU opportunity come to fruition, a retirement announcement, obviously, would be part of any announcement of his hiring by the Buckeyes.

Rumors connecting Vrabel to the OSU vacancy have been making the rounds for well over a month, and Vrabel addressed the speculation after being in attendance at Fickell’s first press conference as the OSU head coach.  And strongly hinted he’d pick up the phone were it to ring.

“No, Luke hasn’t said he wants me on his staff,” said Vrabel back in June. “Luke knows I still have time to play, and I’m traveling to Chicago or New York for meetings with the owners. Luke knows I’ve got a bunch on my plate right now. …

I think it’s certainly something I’d be interested in under the right situation. I’d have to look and see when my playing career comes to an end and my involvement with the players association and being on the executive committee and being in that role.”

Apparently, and barring a sudden and unexpected change of heart, Vrabel considers returning to his alma mater the right situation to begin what should be a very long and productive career as a football coach.

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25 Responses to “‘Very good chance’ Mike Vrabel joins Buckeyes’ coaching staff”
  1. soflatrojan says: Jul 7, 2011 7:22 PM

    This link is for people comparing the Oregon situation to the tOSU situation . While very different they are oh so similar.

  2. angelheartsbuckeyes says: Jul 7, 2011 8:05 PM

    “While very different they are oh so similar.”

    Are you kidding me? You mean like a speeding ticket and a DUI–maybe because they both happen in a car?

    Oregon used a street agent to influence recruits. Oregon’s coach, once the story broke, contacted said agent and tried to pull a fast one with a cover up. The freakin’ university wrote this man a check for his services. These are recruiting violations. These directly restulted in a competative advantage on the field.

    How in the world do you tie trinkets-for-tatts to the circumstances in Eugene? Just because someone is selling their shoes on ebay, magically the situations are the same?

    Besides there is one thing that will ALWAYS seperate the two… coverage.

  3. soflatrojan says: Jul 7, 2011 8:22 PM

    I was kidding the situations are different and Oregon was much worse. I just found it funny that someone is selling Air Jordans that were exclusive to the Oregon Football team on Ebay. In the description it even states the were only worn before the NC game. It just reminded me of Terrell Pryor and Tatgate. Maybe there is more to come for Oregon.

  4. angelheartsbuckeyes says: Jul 7, 2011 8:32 PM


    Okay, gotcha. Sorry, doesnt take much to raise my cackles these days.

    Its all good :)

  5. soflatrojan says: Jul 7, 2011 8:48 PM

    I think you speak for most of the OSU fan base. I was reading some comments earlier on CFT where an OSU fan was going after John Taylor. It’s never good when you start eating your own!

    I personally don’t think OSU will get hit hard. The Big 10 commissioner is a hell of a lot better than the stiff who was running the Pac 10 when USC got hammered. No way Delaney lets his flagship program go down. Think about it how many teams have been able to knowingly use ineligible players in a bowl game, just 1 tOSU. You could also say Auburn but Slive is better the Delaney he makes sure his guys don’t even get suspended.

    I have a lot of respect for OSU based on the fact they are willing to schedule tough OCC games and I have a few freinds who are Buckeyes. Best of luck with the NCAA and the coming season.

  6. angelheartsbuckeyes says: Jul 7, 2011 9:14 PM


    Thanks for the kind remarks–they are in short supply these days.

    …any chance you hit up the espn message boards under the same name?

  7. Deb says: Jul 7, 2011 9:51 PM

    Would anyone like to comment on Mike Vrabel or should I go to PFT for that?

  8. angelheartsbuckeyes says: Jul 7, 2011 10:03 PM

    Deb, are you really asking for people to tell you where to go?


  9. Deb says: Jul 7, 2011 10:07 PM

    Okay, gotta say it … angelheartsbuckeyes, you had no reason to apologize to him. He was being a jackass. Your comeback “Are you kidding me? You mean like a speeding ticket and a DUI–maybe because they both happen in a car?” was hysterical. His claim that he was kidding rang as true Bernie Madoff’s claims of “Money, what money?”

    Yes, soflatrojan, Slive is smarter than the good ol’ boys on the Pacific Coast, but SEC teams still get punished when they get caught. We just aren’t running pro programs like you are. :roll:

    As to Vrabel, if he’s half as good a coach as he’s been a linebacker, he’ll be a great addition to OSU. It’s just too bad he may be starting out on what could well be an interim staff.

  10. Deb says: Jul 7, 2011 10:09 PM

    No, angelheartsbuckeyes, I was annoyed and trying to hold my tongue … you can see that didn’t last long 😉

  11. angelheartsbuckeyes says: Jul 7, 2011 10:18 PM

    I love you Deb.

  12. angelheartsbuckeyes says: Jul 7, 2011 10:22 PM

    Oh, and as to Vrable:

    Love, Love, Love it. (guess I am in a loving mood).

    …and before anyone thinks they are coy, yes we know he was a Patriot and they cheated ‘too.’

  13. mdnittlion says: Jul 7, 2011 10:56 PM

    Three Super Bowl rings from the Pats heading into the college coaching ranks, “what could go wrong”. I will now point to Notre Dame as an excellent example. Anyway I wish him well cause he’s not going to win anything in KC except maybe a divisional title.

    I just hope it doesn’t workout like Mike Singletary where the coach was so talented as a player, it’s hard to relate to less talented players as a coach.

  14. dkhhuey says: Jul 7, 2011 11:35 PM

    Come back home Mike!!!! I would LOVE to see Mike back at OSU. He was a great player with fierce competitiveness and wicked talent.

    I just watched the 97 Rose Bowl game vs ASU the other night!!! Mike Vrabel, Luke Fickell, and Matt Finkes were just f@#$ing beating Jake Plumber and the Sun Devils senseless!!! WOW there was some hitting going on.

  15. soflatrojan says: Jul 8, 2011 8:02 AM

    Wow!! I have never come on this site and talked bad about OSU. I can’t stand Oregon but I have no issue with OSU. Like I stated before I respect the OSU football program for their willingness to play tough OCC games. Just the same as I respect you boys in Alabama for doing the same. I was kidding when I compared to two situations they are way different other than the fact it appears both programs have players selling their goods. At least I never saw a pair of Gold pants on EBAY!

    Now go take something for your cramps and chill out.

    No I don’t post anywhere else and I rarely post here anymore.

  16. soflatrojan says: Jul 8, 2011 8:13 AM


    Yes, soflatrojan, Slive is smarter than the good ol’ boys on the Pacific Coast, but SEC teams still get punished when they get caught. We just aren’t running pro programs like you are.

    I actually laughed out loud when I read this….thank you.

  17. buckeye2280 says: Jul 8, 2011 8:36 AM


    Except that Vrabel is not the head coach. He is coming in as the LB coach. ND hired an OC to be the Head Coach. The two are totally different situations.

    Also, anyone who has access to another site name bucknuts knew of this 2 weeks ago. During the tOSU camp that Vrabel attended he had a blast coaching the kids and it pretty much set his mind at ease to joining his friend Fickel(his best man in his wedding) as the LB coach at tOSU.

  18. Deb says: Jul 8, 2011 11:23 AM

    @angelheartsbuckeyes …

    @soflatrojan …

    You know that lil dig at the SEC set me off like a rocket. 😛

    But a Trojan fan playing nice with Ohio State? Somewhere John McKay and Woody Hayes are leaning over their checkboard and shaking their heads in digust 😉

  19. soflatrojan says: Jul 8, 2011 11:43 AM

    I just like to see good OOC games and tOSU is one of the few top flight programs who is still willing to schedule those type games. They didn’t need to play USC or Texas to sell out the Shoe but they still did it. And they tried to get a home and home with Miami right after the NC game in 2001 which is why they are playing now. I am not a fan of OSU but I respect their program.

    I also would bet that things they got busted for go on at just about every D1 college in America or at least schools with top 25 programs.

  20. Deb says: Jul 8, 2011 1:56 PM

    @soflatrojan …

    Oh, I’m on record as saying this whole Tat5 thing is nonsense. I’m sure that kind of stuff goes on at every school … though not with lil gold pants 😉 I do hope, though, that not many players sell their championship rings. That makes me very very sad.

    If the NCAA doesn’t want these kids selling this stuff, schools need to hold all the hardware until the kids leave the programs. Problem solved.

    Of course, Tressel is a different situation, and that was a serious matter. But unless the NCAA has something else we don’t know about, that was resolved with Tressel’s resignation. Someday, though, I’d love him to explain his thinking process on all this. The guy had such a good reputation, and he’d only have had to sit the kids for a couple of games if he’d reported the infraction when he became aware of it. Would like to understand how he got from there to here. It’s a shame.

  21. dexterismyhero says: Jul 8, 2011 4:33 PM

    Vrabel get that casino thing fixed on swiping the beer?

  22. Deb says: Jul 8, 2011 7:39 PM

    @dexterismyhero …

    That sounded like a ridiculous misunderstanding about him taking his drinks from the bar to a table. Considering what Vrabel could afford to drop gambling in an evening, someone at the casino was insane to make an issue over less than $40 worth of beer.

  23. dustydinkleman says: Jul 10, 2011 11:47 PM

    Vrabel is in.

  24. dkhhuey says: Jul 11, 2011 10:52 AM

    I’m guessing things are going to be a bit more intense in the training facilities and weight rooms about now!

    Welcome aboard Mike!!! I can’t wait to see him get our linebackers fired up into the ‘see ball, destroy person carrying ball’ mentality.

  25. tdub821 says: Jul 14, 2011 2:08 PM

    Hey Luke Fickell…”Dead Man Walking”.

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