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Vrabel Leaves OSU for NFL
By Rob Ogden

Ohio State defensive line coach Mike Vrabel is leaving the Buckeyes to take a position with the Houston Texans, an OSU spokesperson confirmed with the-Ozone today..

An Ohio State team spokesman told The Ozone he could not confirm or deny the report.

According to the report, Vrabel will join former Penn State head coach Bill O'Brien in Houston. Vrabel played 14 seasons in the NFL, including eight for the New England Patriots from 2001-to-2008.

O'Brien served as an assistant with the Patriots from 2007-to-2011 before moving on to Penn State.

Vrabel, who played for the Buckeyes from 1993-to-1996, joined Ohio State's coaching staff in 2011 as linebackers coach under Luke Fickell. Vrabel was moved to defensive line coach when Urban Meyer took over the team in 2012.

Since his takeover, Meyer has quite possibly praised none of his assistants more than he has Vrabel.

"He attacks coaching the same way he attacked playing,"  Meyer said of Vrabel in September. "You spend as long as he did in the NFL, you understand an extreme work ethic."

Vrabel, a three-time super bowl champion with the Patriots, is seen as one of Ohio State's most effective recruiters.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported Thursday that O'Brien met Wednesday with former Browns coach Romeo Crennel about the Texans' defensive coordinator position.

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