Wednesday Practice Update: Bye Week

By Kyle Rowland on November 6, 2013 at 7:30p
"There's absolutely no interviewing going on during this time. No chance."

Bye weeks usually don’t reveal much in the way of news. But this week hasn’t been the normal off week for Ohio State. On Tuesday, the Sun Sentinel reported defensive coordinator Luke Fickell interviewed for the vacant Florida Atlantic job. Urban Meyer said Wednesday night that Fickell “absolutely” did not interview.

And then comes the other dominating story of the week: games that will impact Ohio State’s fortunes. Meyer made it clear Tuesday that he’ll be watching the Thursday night games intently. Asked if he’ll be watching on the couch drinking a brew, Meyer responded with a gem.

“The last time I called it a ‘brew’ I was 19,” he said.

Meyer said he’ll spend Friday recruiting and Saturday watching the Florida Gulf Coast volleyball team. The goal is for all the players to keep clear of any trouble.

“The chase is on, man. It’s real,” Meyer said. “Our goal is to get to November and be competing for something. You come back five pounds overweight, you act like a jerk over the weekend and do something wrong, then you’re not part of the chase. That person won’t be back.”


  • Meyer said the Taylor Decker injury was a horrible blow. It occurred during the third quarter. With a 70-man travel roster, Meyer said it’s hard to get people out of games, even during blowouts. As for Decker, he’s ahead of schedule, according to Meyer. Corey Linsley said he will play at Illinois.
  • “My wife sent me a text asking if Luke interview. He did not interview. He better not have.” -Meyer
  • Meyer said the protocol is for the AD to call the head coach and then the assistant asked when the right time to interview is. The main thing, according to Meyer, is not to disrupt the team.
  • “There's absolutely no interviewing going on during this time. No chance.” -Meyer
  • Meyer said J.T. Moore is one of the most valuable players on the team. He’s a special temas ace and leader. Meyer also raved about his work in the classroom.
  • “Are we a really good team? I can't compare us to the other three or four teams because I really haven't seen them.” -Meyer
  • The team is much better than last year’s, Meyer said. On offense, he said the unit is actually playing. On defense, he said they’re improved even after losing eight starters. He said the kicking game and offense are light years better than last year.
  • Meyer said politicking is not enjoyable, but he has no choice because he works for the players.
  • Braxton Miller said all the Buckeyes can do is play and win.
  • Coming off the last bye week, Miller said he’s been a stronger and healthier player, which has led to good performances. He only rushed once last week and he said it felt foreign to him after running so much throughout his career.
  • Games come easy, according to Miller, after practice against the first-team defense during the week.
  • Miller said he never had an “aha moment” where everything clicked. He said it just gradually happened by working with Tom Herman.
  • Linsley said the offense isn’t smoke and mirrors because the effectiveness and physicality of the run game shines through. If it were smoke and mirrors, the running game wouldn’t be near as efficient.
  • The final few weeks of the season are a four-horse race, Linsley said. He’ll be watching al the games this weekend that could impact the Buckeyes.
  • Style points are a topic of conversation, according to Linsley, because the team cannot allow anyone to jump them.
  • Michael Bennett said he wants to be an All-American. He said he feels like he should never be blocked.
  • The defense had 10 tackles for loss last week at Purdue. Bennett said they have no set number, just that they want to dominate and hold teams to zero rushing yards. He said they did well for the most part against the Boilermakers.
  • Bennett said the BCS rankings aren’t frustrated because Ohio State has no control over the outcome, other than trying to win games.
  • When he practices against the offense and sees them in games, Bennett said it’s obvious Braxton is a more confident quarterback this season.
  • The defense has been a completely different unit since halftime of the Iowa game. Bennett said it’s because they decided in the locker room that they’d start going for it. The mindset changed and they stopped thinking too much on the field.
  • “Create a new line of scrimmage and throw people in the backfield.” -Bennett
  • Ryan Shazier said he believes the bye week is coming at a good time because there are so many bumps and bruises on the team.
  • Shazier said he wants to watch Baylor’s offense Thursday. He said a good defense can stop any offense.
  • Asked who he’s rooting for this week, Shazier said he’d be lying if he said he didn’t want teams ranked ahead of Ohio State to lose.

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BuckeyeUte's picture

Nice update! Bye weeks are such a drag. Can we fast forward to next Saturday?

Knarcisi's picture

Not so fast my friend. 3 fellow unbeatens with very, very tough matchups this weekend. We can get a few wins without even playing. 

cinserious's picture

This is the most exciting bye week ever! It feels like Christmas Eve with Thursday night's games coming up. Then LSU/Alabama Saturday? OSU can't loose either? I LOVE this week!

One day I will valiantly become a political prisoner of 11W jail.

BuckeyeInOrlando's picture

This has the potential to be one of the greatest football weekends of the Buckeyes year, and the Buckeyes aren't even playing!

fanatibuck's picture

Fantastic interview updates Kyle. I really love this team and I fell in love with Urban over two years ago when he announced our first game of the season vs Akron in 2011 from the press box for Espin. When Urb's was lavishing all that praise on Braxton and was perplexed as to why Luke was not starting BM over Bauserman I knew then he would be our next head football coach. :)


Seattle Linga's picture

Nice Bullet Points Kyle !!!!!!!!!
What's not to love about every facet of this team. Were getting better every week both offensively and defensively and we have a SHOT.

Hovenaut's picture

Excellent responses....Michael Bennett's sure stand out (why is that not surprising).

*resumes Lotus position...."I will get through this bye week...."*

otrain2416's picture

Nice to hear a positive J.T. Moore update cuz we don't get to see him much on offense or defense. Also excited to hear Deckers ahead of schedule.

We were born to love Ohio State and hate that team up north.

WOLFofOHIO's picture

its now the final week and the final 3 games. Im ready.


there is no greater joy than watching Michigan get slammed. in anything

CALPOPPY's picture

What is this?
I don't know but I can't stop staring. (and laughing)

I'm a hurtin' buckaroo.

WOLFofOHIO's picture

skrillex. im young dont judge me lol. he sort of invented dubstep :P

there is no greater joy than watching Michigan get slammed. in anything

cinserious's picture

I thought it was some kind of new age religious sermon.

One day I will valiantly become a political prisoner of 11W jail.

Buckeyeholicwompa's picture

Given that Brax has played under a God Foresaken Jim Bollman offense to a Heavenly Tom Herman offense....I'd wonder what Brax's feeling on the evolution of the offense in his tenure at OSU so far. I know Brax was just a Frosh in that terribly ran offense but to me and of course with time, it seems Brax has really settled into the new offense and looks and feels confident with it. Its also designed to showcase his strengths.  

fanatibuck's picture

That would be a big AFFIRMATIVE wompa.


Brutus1972's picture

Imagine how amazing Brax would be if this was his third season of the current offense. He's awesome now, I can't imagine what he will be like next year but I hope we get the opportunity to see it.

rekrul's picture

Maybe we will be lucky enough to find out what 3 years of Brax and Herman are like.

Out Work, Out Think, Out Play!!!

Wesleyburgess1's picture

I have a strong feeling that Fickell did interview without asking permission. Maybe didn't even tell anyone and urban found out llike we did. Man if that is what happened that's a terrible spot he put urban in because he has to lie to not let recruits and players alike freak out.

andyb's picture

I really can't see Luke Lying about a shitty FAU job that can't afford him anyway....

Brutus1972's picture

I think that it has as much to do with not following protocol and informing your boss as it does the recruiting aspect. If true, he is gone whether he gets the FAU job or not. I've yet to meet a leader that likes to be informed of the actions of his subordinates from individuals outside of their house and Urban appears to be the type of guy who would appreciate being blindsided even less than most. Bad move Fick.

nm_buck's picture

jump to conclusions, much?

"The future is bright at Ohio State."  - Urban Meyer 1/1/15

dlb72osu's picture

Don't know, Wesley. This just doesn't seem like something UFM would lie about. I understand your point regarding recruits but this would be way to easy to find out the truth. Meyer's a smart man and would quickly  think the situation through and recognize the horrible position a lie would put him in.
I'm not saying that Luke couldn't get ahead of himself and interview without getting "permission", but I cannot wrap my head around UFM standing in front of a room full of reporters and blatantly lie to them about something that would be so transparent.

I am the master of my fate: I am the captain of my soul.

- Invictus

Boxley's picture

Their is absolutely NO WAY LF interviewed for a job W/O Urbans knowledge and consent. UFM clearly stated that NO interviews would be occurring during the season. Also LF would not do an interview that w/o permission risking his 600K job for an interview that pays less.
Discard that strong feeling, it sounds more like gas (hot air) than anything to be really worried about.

"...the man who really counts in the world is the doer, not the mere critic-the man who actually does the work, even if roughly and imperfectly, not the man who only talks or writes about how it ought to be done." President T. Roosevelt

southbymidwest's picture

Wait wait wait wait-so are you saying Fickell lied to everyone? C'mon, man! Reports out of WHAC were that Fickell was there the whole day. The FAU AD was in Indianapolis, NOT Columbus. The reports that he interviewed came out of Florida, not here. Urban said he didn't interview. Why are you assuming that Fickell would put everything in jeopardy for this by lying and interviewing? It would be too easy to find him out.

Brutus1972's picture

I feel better about the situation with that info. I hope he didn't go behind Urban and the ADs back.

BuckeyeStrong2's picture

Did anyone actually think that someone other than Fickell could have been considered? That's the downside to an allstar cast of coaches, everyone else ends up wanting them too.


tommrkr's picture

but, but... Fickell SUCKS!

tommrkr's picture

There must be a lot of bitter pizza delivery guys out there this week, because it seems like Luke Fickell, the man who has been loyal to OSU beyond a doubt, is already be hung out to dry by some for an interview that apparently didn't happen.

mc22's picture

does anyone else believe that PART of the reason the defense got better after Iowa was that urban got himself involved in a couple meetings and challenged them to a more aggressive style with tighter db coverage and more blitz packages for shazier?
My point is that when he got involved (when a boss feels like he has to get involved =never good for the employee) - all of a sudden these job opportunities arise.  Where there is smoke in todays tough to keep anything a secret world - there may be fire.
Just sayin'

Boxley's picture

All pure assumption on your part.
Just Sayin.

"...the man who really counts in the world is the doer, not the mere critic-the man who actually does the work, even if roughly and imperfectly, not the man who only talks or writes about how it ought to be done." President T. Roosevelt

Squirrel Master's picture

Let's see, go be a head coach of a crappy team making maybe $800,000....or
stay as DC of the program you played for and loved your whole life, winning a lot, and making $900,000.
Those who believe Fickell interviewed for that job should buy some beautiful property in the Everglades that I have for sale. He might have had a phone conversation with the FAU AD but I'm pretty sure he wouldn't take that job seriously. I mean, Darrell Hazell and Tim Beckman get B1G HC gigs and Fickell is relegated to FAU? YEAH RIGHT!

I saw a UFO told me to have a goodyear!

Kyle Rowland's picture

Yeah, after they had MAC jobs. Fickell is clearly the No. 1 candidate. Let it play out. Until FAU hires a head coach that isn't Fickell, there's going to be murmurs. 

Buckeye1004's picture

Just a thought.  FAU may have put out that they interviewed Luke Fickell just for the sake of getting out there that they want him.  When you take into consideration Meyer's rule of no interviews during the season, it could be possible that they just want to stir the pot.  Hell!  Since it is SEC country (even though not a SEC team) I wouldn't put it past the haters to get something out just to try and mess with "The Chase".
Now we're not worried about football, we're worried about Fickell!  Everyone wants us to stumble,  break the mojo and that becomes more likely!
26-0!  Screw the Haters!  The Chase is ON!   GO BUCKEYES!   O    H

Buckeye_Mafia's picture

You come back five pounds overweight, you act like a jerk over the weekend and do something wrong, then you’re not part of the chase. That person won’t be back.”

THIS + 1,000,000,000,000...

"At critical moments throughout the season, we learned about the character of this football team.  This was a team of true character, of true resilience." -- President Barack Obama

m4's picture

It really will be interesting to see if Ohio State resigns coach Fickell after this season.

dlb72osu's picture

M4 - stop with the bs already. You're simply not thinking right. Let's all collectively keep on the positive side of The Chase and allow the season to move in a 22, 23, 24, 25, 26-0 direction. Why would you allow the shiny little object way over there distract you...unless you're not really with this program..? Hmm? 

It seems like every one of your posts has to do with Fickell. You seem to be a little predisposed or maybe even fixated on his firing. Man, you gotta give that up.

I am the master of my fate: I am the captain of my soul.

- Invictus

m4's picture

How is it bs by saying it will be interesting to see if OSU resigns coach Fickell? I have not created any posts on Luke Fickell. I just join in on them when someone creates them like you are doing now. It seems to me you are not thinking right. Raising the question means I have broad enough thinking to know that it is a possibility that he will not get resigned. if you are a diehard Fickell fan that is all right, but look at all angles and broaden your thinking it will help you a lot. And by the way, if you have enough time which you seem to go back and check all of my post and you will see they are not all about coach Fickell.