According to BuckeyeGrove.com, a website on the Rivals.com network dedicated to the Ohio State Buckeyes, Buckeyes’ defensive line coach Mike Vrabel is leaving the Buckeyes to join the Houston Texans.
Vrabel spent 14 years in the NFL and played for the New Patriots from 2001-2008.
Vrabel will be joining new Texans’ head coach Bill O’Brien’s staff. Vrabel met O’Brien during his time in New England where O’Brien was an assistant from 2007-2011. O’Brien accepted the Texans’ head coaching job last week after two years as head coach of the Penn State Nittany Lions.
Vrabel was traded to the Kansas City Chiefs after the 2008 season and spent two years in Kansas City before retiring. Vrabel decided to join Luke Fickell’s staff at Ohio State. Fickell, who was Vrabel’s roommate when both played at Ohio State, was named interim coach for the 2011 season after Jim Tressel was forced to resign over NCAA violations.
When the Buckeyes named Urban Meyer head coach after the 2011 season, both Fickell and Vrabel remained on the staff.
This will be Vrabel’s first NFL coaching gig.