Withers Rumored to be Headed to James Madison
By Rob Ogden
According to a report from FootballScoop.com, Ohio State co-defensive coordinator and safeties coach Everett Withers has agreed to become the head football coach at James Madison.
A James Madison spokesman would not confirm the report.
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Withers, age 50, is in his second year at Ohio State under coach Urban Meyer. Previously, he served as the interim head coach at North Carolina in 2011 after the firing of Butch Davis.
A Charlotte, N.C. native, he led the Tar Heels to a 7-6 record and a loss in the Independence Bowl. He has 25 years of coaching experience including seven in the NFL.
The Dukes finished the 2013 season 6-6 and fired longtime-coach Mickey Matthews on Nov. 25.
In 15 seasons, Matthews had a 109-71 record at the school.
Matthews earned a base salary of $220,000 annually. Withers is currently making $585,000 per year with the Buckeyes.
Along with co-defensive coordinator Luke Fickell, Withers has come under fire lately from Ohio State fans because of the Buckeye secondary that ranks 102nd in the the country and 11th in the Big Ten in pass defense.
Ohio State ranked near the bottom of the NCAA in the category in 2012, as well.
Meyer said Wednesday that he has received many phone calls about his assistants from schools looking for a head coach.
Running backs coach Stan Drayton was a finalist for the Florida Atlantic job, but was not hired.
"Whenever you have two seasons like we've had, they're hot guys," Meyer said.
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