Finkle (Fickell) is Einhorn (Day)?

Submitted by UNCWolverine on December 4th, 2018 at 11:16 AM

I have a strange feeling that this Day hire is similar to the Fickell hire a few years back. When the mess happened back in August the OSU admin needed to have the cleanest assistant take over those three games, not the best or most qualified. I could see the same happening here. Make Day a one year Luke Fickell special with the perception that he's cleaned up the program. Then you shop around for the long term.

Also, similarly how toxic will be the environment in Columbus post-Meyer? Obviously the arrest records can't match what happened under his watch in Gainesville and I don't think there is an Aaron Hernandez on the roster. But that element hast to persist to some extent. Will be interesting to see how that unfolds in the coming years.

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Comments

Chaco

December 4th, 2018 at 12:45 PM ^

^ agreed.   I think the day-long meetings before they announced his suspension were getting the departure timed/sorted out.  I also think it explains why Shelley Meyer was crying so hard after OSU hammered us 10 days ago - she knew then it was their last game in Ohio Stadium.  The Day replacement was something they sorted out as the season unfolded imho.  Whatevs - on to the next story.

MEZman

December 4th, 2018 at 11:27 AM ^

One of the things I'm most interested in is will Day (assuming he's the HC next year) be able to keep Larry Johnson from retiring? He was supposedly wanting to retire before the current season.

SFBlue

December 4th, 2018 at 11:34 AM ^

Naming Ryan Day as head coach would be an epic mistake. It's not the brand or even the recruiting talent that makes a program. It's the human capital, starting with the coaching staff. 

Don't get me wrong, I hope Day is really their guy, but I would be surprised. (Yeah, Lincoln Reilly at OU and all that, but OU is just a few years away from being a Texas Tech style wreck with a good offense but nothing on the other side of the ball). 

Sione For Prez

December 4th, 2018 at 11:37 AM ^

We've been hearing for a while that Day was in danger of being poached by other schools for their Head Coach positions. If they do stick with Day I don't see it being being temporary.

mGrowOld

December 4th, 2018 at 11:42 AM ^

No sorry, that's not it.   They are rolling with Day (as of now) for two reasons:

1. They honestly really, really like him a lot.  There was a lot of chatter down here after Meyer came back and the Buckeye's were struggling that they played significantly better under Day.  Not saying I agree with that assessment but it was quite prevelant.

2. They want to hold onto their recruiting class and believe opening up the hire will cause many to wander.  Again, they believe that by naming Day now they will keep their stellar recruiting class in the fold.

Might shit come out down the road?  We can only hope but that's not why this is happening.

BlueinOK

December 4th, 2018 at 12:50 PM ^

This seems more like what Oklahoma did except Urban is leaving because of all the shady stuff he did. Day is that young and up and comer like Lincoln Riley. It could work out. Who knows for sure until next season and the years after. 

mulhemp

December 4th, 2018 at 12:51 PM ^

Naw, they go with Day.  If after two full seasons he is not getting it done, then it will be on for a coach (Jim Hermann??), if he is, then we have our rival coach for the foreseeable future.

LSAClassOf2000

December 4th, 2018 at 4:27 PM ^

No, I don't think we should even entertain Fickell = Day.

This was an organized transition with a lot of deliberate steps, and indeed, Day was even named "coach-in-waiting" a couple months ago. Maybe in retrospect, that was a huge signal that this day was nearer than we thought at the time.

Fickell was the name in an awkward, somewhat panicky aftermath after the Tressel firing.