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(Duplicate) Defensive Coordinator Luke Fickell (official thread)

Discussion in 'Reference Locker' started by sandgk, May 7, 2006.

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  1. ORD_Buckeye

    ORD_Buckeye Wrong glass, Sir.

    I don't think it's a stark "either-or" decision between taking a job that's been a career killer or staying as a "career Assistant."

    Stick with UM for 3-4 years, win a national championship and then see what the opportunities are. With tenure under both JT and UM, I have a feeling that both the opportunities will far exceed Pitt and LF will be in a better position to succeed in the job of his choosing. He'll still be young, and he'll still be Urban's heir apparent. I'm not too sure of the latter should Pitt suck him in and spit him out as they have their last 11 coaches.

    If he goes, I'll root for Pitt in every game they play providing their interests do not conflict with those of Ohio State. I just don't think it's the best move.
  2. MililaniBuckeye

    MililaniBuckeye The satanic soulless freight train that is Ohio St Staff Member Tech Admin

    Hazell already shot himself in the foot by leaving for the Kent State job just months before the Tat5 issues...had he stayed he would have been Tressel's immediate replacement and may still be our head coach. Fickell needs to pay attention to this. He already has a year as head coach at a top-flight program under his belt...stay here for Meyer's tenure as the AHC and it's but set in stone that he's Meyer's replacement. If he bolts now, there's no guarantee he gets hired back here when Meyer steps down.
  3. Bucknut24

    Bucknut24 Trolololol

    I dunno, part me of will be kinda pissed at him if he goes to Pitt, since he already gave a commitment to Urban
  4. bassbuckeye07

    bassbuckeye07 Junior

    Not pissed at all...Pitt will be a good job with going into the ACC and the demise of PSU...he's gotta look at it
  5. Oh8ch

    Oh8ch Cognoscente of Omphaloskepsis Staff Member

    Then helped recruit Pittman and Schutt? It's business.

    I really think he would benefit from a year or two under Meyer in the long run. But he's gotta do what he's gotta do.
  6. ORD_Buckeye

    ORD_Buckeye Wrong glass, Sir.

    I don't blame him for interviewing. I don't think he's crawling to them looking for the job. Quite the opposite, I think they're recruiting him. I just think that ultimately it's not the best choice.

    It never hurts to listen to another school's pitch for a couple of hours, then let them buy you a nice steak dinner and never call them again.
  7. BuckNut65

    BuckNut65 The Hopfather

    If he stays he has a great opportunity to be the next head coach and there is no guarantees on how long UFM is going to be here anyway. Besides, there will be other opportunities that open up at potentially better destinations than Pitt.
    All that being said, at some time you know when its time to leave the nest. I think it worked out well for Dantonio when he decided to leave and maybe its time for Fickell as well.
  8. MililaniBuckeye

    MililaniBuckeye The satanic soulless freight train that is Ohio St Staff Member Tech Admin

    True, but Dantonio was never the virtual "head coach in waiting" that Fickell will be here.
  9. FCollinsBuckeye

    FCollinsBuckeye Senior Former Game Champion

    I would think the opportunity to learn at Coach Meyer's right hand for a few seasons far outweighs any potential benefits of moving on to a completely different HC gig at this point...
  10. ORD_Buckeye

    ORD_Buckeye Wrong glass, Sir.

    The Pitt job can not put him in a better position to succeed Urban Meyer. It can only damage his chances.
  11. korchiki

    korchiki Junior

    With all that is going on at PSU, Pitt is a tremendous opportunity. If it damages his chances then he is not the right guy to lead the program after Meyer retires. If he does well there, in a solid recruiting area that he is very familiar with, then he positions himself to be THE candidate to replace Meyer.

    Simple as that...IMO
  12. exhawg

    exhawg Mirror Guy Staff Member

    I couldn't blame him for jumping to Pitt, but IMO he will be a better HC with a few years under Urban. This could just be an interview for the sake of interviewing. It's a good thing for him to be at the top of everyone's interview list.
  13. Buckeye86

    Buckeye86 I do not choose to discuss it

    Pitt doesn't even have their own stadium and havent proven they are willIng to commit the resources it takes to succeed. Also, they haven't done shit on the field since the 80's... I'd call that more of a tremendous risk than an opportunity.
  14. Zander42

    Zander42 Stupendous Nut

    I think the Akron job is actually better than Pitt. At least at Akron, you are not going to have any expectations to go along with your lack of resources, and Akron has their own stadium.
  15. BuckNut65

    BuckNut65 The Hopfather

    It has to be difficult to go back to a subservient role after being top dog for an entire season at your alma mater and the school you love. I can't recall it happening in recent memory and it takes a special person to be able to push aside ego for the benefit of the program and the University. I have a tremendous amount of respect for what he has done and hope he stays, however I would completely understand if he decides to leave.
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