'Very Good Chance' Mike Vrabel Joins Ohio State Coaching Staff

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - MAY 17: Linebacker Mike Vrabel of the Kansas City Chiefs speaks to members of the media after leaving court ordered mediation at the U.S. Courthouse on May 17, 2011 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. As the NFL lockout remains in place mediation was ordered after a hearing on an antitrust lawsuit filed by NFL players against the NFL owners after labor talks between the two broke down in March. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

John Taylor of College Football Talk(related to Pro Football Talk) is reporting through two sources that there is a "very good chance" that Kansas City Chiefs LB Mike Vrabel will join the Ohio State football coaching staff. An announcement could come as soon as Monday, according to the report.

This would end the question of whether Vrabel will return to the Chiefs.

If you've been reading this space for the last couple of years, the Vrabel-to-Ohio-State story shouldn't come as a huge surprise. Vrabel's former coaches thought he would be a coach one day, his current coach figured he might be and even Vrabel himself has said he'd be interested in coaching.

At Luke Fickell's introductory press conference as the OSU head coach, Vrabel was questioned about his interest in returning to his alma mater. At the time, he said his former teammate and now head coach, Fickell, knew he had a lot of on plate at the time so it certainly didn't sound like it was happening this year.

This is somewhat of a surprise because just a few months ago Vrabel said he was interested in returning to Kansas City. He told Adam Teicher of the Kansas City Star in April he "would love to come back." Perhaps Vrabel now is simply not interested in playing anymore, or perhaps he finally got his OSU offer, or it's also possible the Chiefs filtered word to him that they're not interested if he returns.

But in that same interview he also did something not many players are able to do -- he looked at the situation realistically.

''I would certainly hope so. I really do,'' Vrabel told Teicher last April. ''But I also have to find out realistically if anybody is interested. It does me no good to say I want to play if nobody is interested. It does me no good to say I don't want to play if somebody is interested."

We shall see if this is the end of Mike Vrabel. 

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