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Rank the importance of Urban's assistants

Ashtabula's picture
February 15, 2014 at 1:59pm

How would Urban rank his assistants based on the overall importance to his entire program?  My top four would be (in order): Marotti, Fickell, Pantoni, Herman

Marotti is first because he spends so much time with the players during their development that Urban and the other coaches are unable to spend due to NCAA regulations.  Fickell is next since Urban expertise is on the offensive side of the ball which is why I placed Herman last as well.  I love Herman and think he will be an excellent head coach someday, but I think Urban could mold another young OC fairly easily.  Pantoni slides in at #3 because without great players, none of these other coaches would matter.  I'm tempted to place Pantoni #1, but I don't quite know how much impact he has on the recruiting class compared to Urban and his other assistants, plus I'm not sure how replaceable Pantoni would be.

What is your order for these four?  Should somebody replace one of these?

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teddyballgame's picture

I'd say Ash is pretty important right now.  He's been tasked with improving the most deficient part of the team. 

+2 HS
Hovenaut's picture

Can't do it...they're all important, no one above another. That's what I believe will guide this program to the top.

There may be varying levels of impact, influence, exposure, etc...but it's going to take every one of them focused and determined to bring the best out of a perennially talented group.

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osu07asu10's picture


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gonzogrover's picture

They all have incredibly important responsibilities and no one is more than the other. One fails and the team fails. Go Bucks!

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Bamabucknut's picture

Some of the worst defense in OSU history over the last three years ......and who has had the overall responsibility for that defense......Fickell.

Where can I find a job...perform in the bottom 10 percentile of pass defense......have my defense shredded in the last three games of the season.... and get paid over $500k?

-4 HS
allinosu's picture

Actually it's Urban's overall responsibility.

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Crimson's picture


Wait, what?

razrback16's picture

1. Ash -- as his task is to fix the most deficient and truly non-functional part of the team.

2. Warinner -- for having previously fixed what was the most deficient part of the team for the 10 years before Urban got here.

Everyone else is very good and important, but the 2 above are more important in my book.