November 6th, 2013 at 2:27 PM ^

it pretty good at OSU right now - and maybe could be considered a Coach in Waiting - he was already interim coach once - would probably be a good option for them if Urban decides he's had enough in the next 3 years (which I feel would be more likely if he wins a NC).

Space Coyote

November 6th, 2013 at 2:33 PM ^

That he and Urban haven't necessarily gotten along, partially because of the performance as far as fundamentals are concerned with the defense for the majority of last year and for the better part of the first half this year. I'm also guessing he's not happy being a "co-DC"

Urban Warfare

November 6th, 2013 at 2:50 PM ^

Fickell's about as well liked as Borges, except that Fickell hasn't cost us a game (yet).  Fickell's also itching to be a head coach again, and there are rumors that Urban is pushing him forward in his career.


November 6th, 2013 at 3:46 PM ^

Urban threw Fickell a bone when he kept him around two years ago (though, he is not as disliked as the Buckeye fan above insinuates and has done a pretty darn good job in the past two years all things considered). If Urban thinks the best man for the job is currently on staff, then he will promote from within. If not, he will look elsewhere. Either way, he is going to go through the process and he won't be throwing anyone bones this time around.


November 6th, 2013 at 3:59 PM ^

Fickell definitely takes a lot of heat from Buckeye fans, but it should be noted that OSU's defense currently is ranked 9th nationally in total defense and 10th nationally in scoring defense for this year.

He's certainly earning his paycheck this year, even if fans like to fixate on a couple of bad games last year.

I Have A Gnarly Face

November 6th, 2013 at 3:43 PM ^

Don't kid yourself. Urban is going to be the Ohio coach for a long time. I don't like it, you don't like it, but that is what will happen. He will keep winning and will only get fired if something bad goes down, like illegal benefits or something like that. You don't leave that program for another job because quite frankly, it's a destination job.


November 6th, 2013 at 3:49 PM ^

Depends on your opinion of the guy. If you think he is a scumbag who left UF because he was running a shady program and he feared that he would never beat Nick Saban then, yea, he will probably be at OSU for a while. If you believe that he retired because he genuinely believed that he owed it to his family and was genuinly concerned about his health then who knows? He could be gone next year.


November 7th, 2013 at 7:42 AM ^

Maybe I am naive when I take it very seriously when a man ends up in the hospital, quits his job and wants to spend more time with his family. I imagine it would take something very serious to make you quit when you have reached the pinnacle of your profession. If you believe that, it is not so far fetched to think it could happen again?

His Dudeness

November 6th, 2013 at 2:35 PM ^

They, like, saw that guy crater as a HC right?

I'm really surprised Urban kept him on staff when he was hired after seeing his interim HC season. Talent for days on that team and coaching that looked like it was collectively caught gratifying itself to a JC Penney catalog by its grandma.

Colby Jax

November 6th, 2013 at 2:38 PM ^

This would not be good. Fickell's D should of already cost them some games but hasn't because their offense is the hotness and, of course, their lack of a real schedule.


November 6th, 2013 at 2:39 PM ^

Not surprising, OSU insiders are passing along consensus rumors that Meyer is going to give him an epically firm handshake, a gold watch, a slap on the back and show him the door the moment the bowl game is over. Vrabel, on the other hand, isn't going anywhere. Meyer loves him.


November 6th, 2013 at 3:09 PM ^

It isn't entirely shocking that Pat Chun would go immediately to Ohio State to look for a potential replacement for Carl Pelini. I believe Chun worked at OSU for many years before taking the FAU position anyway.

The Sun Sentinel article had more information - (HERE). Pat Chun was quoted here:

“I am a firm believer that this job is a different job from when Carl took over,” Chun said. “Conference USA, the stadium is the host of a bowl game, we’re trying to fix a couple of things over at the Oxley [FAU’s football facility]. I know the caliber of candidate that this job will attract, so I’m excited about what the next chapter will be. At the end of the day, it’s on me to go find someone who can take this program to another step.”


November 6th, 2013 at 3:20 PM ^

Always thought that Fickell would be farmed out to a MAC school for a HC job if Tatgate never happened to be groomed for a possible return down the road. I do think he was kept around for a reward for "stepping up" after it went down in Cbus and also for "knowing where the bodies are buried" good and bad for that program.


As far as not being a Buckeye fan and can look at that team with a unbiased eye. The last two years have been the worst Buckeye defenses in my forty years of life. So I'm sure as UW has said and Duck Dynasty has taught us "He Gone".  


November 6th, 2013 at 3:31 PM ^

I think Fickell would be perfect for the Miami (NTM or YTM I'm not even sure around here anymore which Ohio or Miami is ever being talked about) head coaching job. Go to a MAC school for a few years, cut your teeth, go to a BCS school and get paid, then come back to OSU when you have some good experience as a head coach.

I believe he was kept on when Meyer came in because a) he was being rewarded for stepping up in 2011 b) he helped keep some consistency and information about the current roster and c) he and Vrabro were pretty much a package deal, which I'll be interested to see if Vrabs leaves with him when he goes as I think Meyer and Vrabel have developed a bro-mance now too.


November 6th, 2013 at 3:58 PM ^

from Bowling Green to Utah to Florida, most of his DC's and OC's are either gone to the NFL or have HC coaching positions now:

Not all of them are terrific success stories as HC's (BGSU DC Tim Beckmann now HC at Illinois).

Then there is the story of Charlie Strong, DC at Florida and now HC at Louisville.

Luke Fickell isn't a spring chicken. The dude coached under DC Jim Heacock for several years at Ohio.




November 6th, 2013 at 5:36 PM ^

Even if he hasn't interviewed yet, it is generally accepted that he will be asked to interview at some point. 

The FAU AD worked at OSU for years and has basically stated that Fickell is the top candidate. Whether Fickell will take the job is certainly up in the air though.