Mike Mitchell got jacked around by this incompetent ahole (Fickell). That's why he's leaving. Fickell must know where a lot of bodies are buried in the Columbus area. How else could he have kept this job?
- I. M. Fickellhater
Report out now that Mike Mitchell is leaving for personal reasons (his ailing father, may he recover) and because of frustration being redshirted last season. The latter reason rests solely on the coaches and more specifically, the defensive side, and even more specifically, the defensive coordinator/linebacker coach, one Luke Fickell. This man has now, at least to some degree, run off a 5-star recruit. I guess I see the logic, I mean our linebackers were absolute studs last season....
- Chris Swollenballs
And by incompetent assistants, I am not singling out Fickell. What offensive coordinator in his right mind would stop giving Carlos Hyde the football against MSU once OSU took a 24-17 lead. Jim Tressel would have NEVER lost that game. MSU would have got a steady diet of Hyde in the latter stages of that game. MSU couldn't stop him. POOR COACHING all the way around!
Luke Fickell's coaching technique has embarrassed TOSU football long enough.In any other type of job his performance would dictate that he be relieved of his duties. Just watching him stand there, chewing his gum and not having a clue how to stop the other team's offense is sickening. If Urban Meyer thinks he got back into coaching to delegate all the authority to incompetent assistants, he signed on with the wrong school.
- FedUp BucksFan
If Urban Meyer is forced to keep Fickell because of their wive's friendship; then if I were Urban Meyer I would file for DIVORCE!
- Had EnoughofBadDfense
Can someone please tell me why does this guy still have a job with the Buckeyes? Fire Fickell!
- Dinner bell mel
Defense needs a fresh look. Ash and Johnson help, but unless one of them becomes the play caller, we are in for another year of piss-poor defensive play, something all Buckeye fans simply cannot tolerate. There will be no excuses with the top 5 recruiting class so why take chances with known commodity in LF? UM needs to make a move and make it now!
- Jim Tressel
A good friend of mine told me that he read the book "Buckeye Rebirth" and he said that in it, it mentions Luke Fickell's wife becoming close friends with Urban's wife. If this is true I think we have nailed down one of THE biggest factors for Fickell remaining on the coaching staff and if it is true then that really, really, really SUCKS! The team should not be held back by Fickell's poor coaching skills just to satisfy the friendship that their wives have developed. Absolutely freakin' ridiculous!
Does anyone think Urban's hands are tied?
Is Gene Smith preventing this from being a reality?
I just don't get it...
Fickell needs to be let go. In the three years he has been running this defense, it has been getting worst not better. This is with 4 & 5 star recruits that are not being used or developed like they should be. Fickell defensive play calling is poor at best. By the way, he is the third highest paid defensive coordinator in college football. This defense that he ran, allowed the most points ever scored against a Ohio State football team in a season. Fickell might be a good recruiter, but he is far from being any kind of defensive coordinator. Myers does not owe Fickell anything. This was not Myers guy, this was the athletic director Smith's guy. It's time for OSU to move on, Period!!!!!
- Mike Bigrigg
It finally DID happen. Luke Fickell ineptness has spread to the Men's basketball team. Thad Motta has completely lost his team. No excuse for THIS type of performance.
- Raymond Sturgess
Fickell needs to go. If we want a national championship
- Urban meyer
Keep Fickell...he's awesome!!!
- Brady Hoke
Luke must be connected to a powerful person - no other way such an inept DC could survive
When Urban was at Floida we had stout defenses so him keeping Fickell shows me he is stuck with him somehow
Phil, Mark D'antonio was the D-Coordinator for the 03 natl title, also the last time the Bucks D was any good, Heacock was the D Coordinator. Do your homework bud.
Thank You , Jesus! These are high profile coaches coming in. Luke, take care of the towels and make sure the Gatorade is full.
- Raymond Sturgess
WHY IS IT TAKING SO LONG? DOES MEYER KNOW HOW BAD IT IS? IS GENE SMITH CALLING THE SHOTS? WHAT'S UP WIT DAT?
It's very simple, OSU's defense has went downhill since Heacock left and Fickell came in2011.
Phil, as a former college football player you know that is a GOOD coach's RESPONSIBILITY to make sure the player(s) watch enough game film. Especially when they are getting burned on the same plays each week. This is a poor defense of Luke Fickell on your part. He must GO, ASAP!
- Raymond Sturgess
OSU let Iowa go on a 22 to 9 run to beat the Buckeyes at HOME! Fickell's defensive philosophy has now infected the basketball team. Fire Fickell immediately as he is the WORST DC in division 1 football!
- Frustrated Buckeye Fan
You know I am so sick and tired of OSU fans ripping Fickel apart. I believe he had the best defense in the country a few years ago... and won a national championship in 02 correct? And who was the coach... Jim Tressel. A man who knows defense, loves defense and wins championships with defense. Urban Meyer doesn't give a crap about defense... all he cares about is offense and running the score up. Hence why Michigan State beat OSU in the championship game. Mark Dantonio, who coached under Tressel, is a man of defense. What was the result? Big Ten Champions for Michigan State. "Defense wins championships." This is what happens when you play a high school football schedule at the beginning of the year. As a former college football player, you just cant put the blame on the coach. The players have a responsibility as well... watching tons and tons of hours of film. They have to take time and watch film on their own to what formations the other team lines up in, what plays they run from that formation, any motions, etc. They even review it with their position coach! And come game time... oops. The ending result is the player didn't take responsibility and didn't watch much tape. So do not put the blame on Fickel... think about the players not knowing what was going on, and Urban Meyer needs to become a man of defense.
http://www.elevenwarriors.com/2014/01/32176/ohio-state-football-potential-defensive-coaching-replacements-vance-joseph-john-chavis-mike-tressel-randy-hart. First Fire Defensive Coordinator Luke Fickell 1st Please!! Then bring in John Chavis( Named as The Chief, Current Job- Defensive Coordinator and LB Coach of the LSU Tigers-SEC Team), Vance Joseph( Current Job- Unemployed right now, Former Defensive Backs Coach for the Houston Texans-NFL Team), and Jim Heacock(Current Job- Unemployed right now and Former Defensive Coordinator and DL Coach at Ohio State from 1996-2012 to replace Everett Withers(Former Ohio State Co Defensive Coordinator, and James Madison Head Football Coach- an FCS Team), Mike Vrabel(Former Ohio State Defensive Line Coach, and is now the LB Coach for the Houston Texans NFL Team under 1st year Texans Head Football Coach Bill O Brien-Former Penn State Head Football Coach after the past 2 Years, and Luke Fickell( Former Co Defensive Coordinator for Ohio State under Former Ohio State Head Football Coach Jim Tressel's Whole Career and under Ohio State Head Football Coach Urban Meyer the Past 2 Years, and hopefully he gets sent to the Cleveland Browns NFL Team to be the Defensive Coordinator under Browns first year Head Football Coach Jim Tressel if Tressel gets the Job there or Fickell gets sent to the Houston Texans NFL Team to coach the Defense with his good friend Mike Vrabel under 1st year Head Football Coach Bill O Brien. 15-0, 39-2 in 3 Seasons, and the 2015 and the Very 1st College Football 4 Team Playoff National Champions!! Lets Go Urban Meyer!! Go Bucks!! O-H?
- William Scott Harrison
I know Fickell is a former buckeye player but he needs to be fired or demoted to D-line coach and have his defensive coordinator title stripped. He was a nose-guard in college and he knows the D-line well enough. I feel like getting another former buckeye like New England LB coach Pepper Johnson, who is a former buckeye player (and his son was a former buckeye player) would ease the transition. Either that or hire someone else good at recruiting. We need some new ideas for the Defense. Something to get fans confident in the Silver-Bullets D again.
Great person, great player, but man are you a horrible coach. You have to go. Ohio state appreciates a lot of the things you done, but coaching is not one of em. Just imagine how good the 2013 team wouldve been if they had a D. Kinda a wasted season, other than beating ttun.
I am a Clemson fan and I went to the orange bowl and became a big fan of the Ohio state band.I went with some Ohio state fans and I must say that Ohio state should have won that game. Ohio states defense is really young but with a big time program like ohio state that kind of stuff doesn't fly. Fire fickell - a nice clemson fan
Luke, you have a better chance at being an ADAM SANDLER impersonator. Even the kid off of Big Daddy could set up a Defense and spell it.
- Ryan B.
luke...there are many coaching opputunities for you after you get fired.......those 10 yr olds will think your the bomb..Please someone on the Defense trade a jersey for a Tattoo so LF will get fired...you have right to remain silent and THE RIGHT TO REMAIN AT HOME NEXT SEASON ..RAY CHARLES WOULD PUT 50 ON THE BOARD AGAINST YOU...THE ONLY THING YOU HAVE IMPROVED THIS SEASON IS BEER SALES......GO HOME
- Mic Richardson
PLEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEASE FIRE FICKELL!!! He's a worse def. coach than he was head coach! If Urban's offense wasn't so prolific, we'd looking down the barrel of 8-5 this past season.
Please if you love OSU the way you say you do, don't walk away from the program ,run away from program as you truly suck, Period!