Luke Fickell's 351-Word Response About His Job Security

By DJ Byrnes on March 6, 2014 at 8:36p
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At Ohio State's second spring practice — Kyle's full report can be found here — Luke Fickell was asked if he feared for his job last year. His response was not Tresselesque:

"You know what, like I do everything else. Statistics, at the end of the year, you really look back at them, do you want to dive into statistics? Well, where were you in scoring defense? What is the most important? You can always find something that you can get better at, you gotta find something that you can hang your hat on.

But the reality is as you go on battling, if it happens, it happens. If it doesn't happen, it doesn't happen. But what are you going to do, live your life worried about everything? How would that be? How much excitement, what would that do for you? You know what, you're confident in what you do and you believe in what you do. If that's what the plan is, that's what the plan is. I want what's best for this place. Coach Meyer knows that and we talked about that from day one.

If something is better for this place, then so be it because I want what is best for my alma mater, my university. Obviously we have enough confidence in what it is that we do. We don't just look at one single stat. I know you keep dwelling upon it and everybody dwells upon it, but the reality is this is a team game. People ask all kinds of questions. Why is this the best sport known to man? Because it's a team sport. It's more like life. If something happens to one of your buddies and he doesn't pick you up, do you defriend him for the rest of his life? Things like that. That's what you learn from this.

The examples we set for our guys are the same examples we all live our life by. You can't worry. Because there was a bombing in the World Trade Center a few years ago, do you never want to fly again? What are you going to do? I know it's comparing it to different things, but the reality is you have confidence in what you do and believe in what you do and whatever happens, happens."

I think a simple "yes" would have sufficed.

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nm_buck's picture

Fire Fickell!!!

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DefendYoungstown's picture

We compare Fick to the Sand Man so I feel this is completely appropriate.

Mr. Fickell, what you've just said is one of the most insanely idiotic things I have ever heard. At no point in your rambling, incoherent response were you even close to anything that could be considered a rational thought. Everyone on this blog is now dumber for having listened to it. I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul.

What we can't do in the air we'll do on the ground.

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headina's picture

All over the place there, coach. 

GO BUCKS

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osu07asu10's picture

This is what I felt like...

 

"They don't know what they don't know." - Coach Mick

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Doc's picture

"Did we win!?  Did we win!?"

"Say my name."

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lsjSnail's picture

*Cringe*

Nope, lost twice in a row when it mattered most Mr. Fick

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Colin's picture

Yes but...did you fear for your job?

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Bloombergl's picture

Is defriend a real word?  

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buckeyedude's picture

I think it's "unfriend."

 

 

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Wesleyburgess1's picture

I have no idea what i just read. No wonder he doesn't do many interviews. Did we win? Did we win? 

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skid21's picture

Seriously, that was hard to read. No, we didn't win our last 2 games and the defense was a big reason why. I'd like to see him quit making excuses and just admit the D sucks. I hope Ash and Johnson can make a difference.

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brandonbauer87's picture

I'm curious what his tone was during this rant. It seems like there's some real sensitivity there. Simple, honest answers would go a long way. 

gm3jones's picture

I know, right. Why not just answer straight forward with "yes or no because I know what coach Meyer expects of me and I hold myself accountable for those actions. Was my performance great? No, but i will get better." Something along those lines would of been much easier to "get".

There is nothing more remarkable as learning to think better.

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hodge's picture

Like him or not, he's a passionate man. I like that about him, and it's obvious that Meyer sees something in him too. I don't think he was spouting bullshit about OSU, either; he probably loves this school more than anyone else on staff (including Meyer). 

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original buckeye's picture

I'm passionate too.  Doesn't mean I have any business being involved in coaching OSU football.

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hodge's picture

You are correct.  But if Urban Meyer himself had kept you employed two years running at a pressure-cooker job I'd say that you would.

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El Caballo de Sangre's picture

After all this time to learn from Tress & Urban, not to mention the crucible of 2011, & still not anywhere near ready for prime time (strictly in a dealing-with-the-media sense). Skin is way, way too thin & he doesn't even do *coachspeak* well. I've adopted the position for a while now that I don't want Luke fired, I want him hired, somewhere else. Hopefully he gets a lot better at this before then.

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chitown buckeye's picture

What?

"I'm having a heart attack!"

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Buckeye in Illini country's picture

 

Columbus to Pasadena: 35 hours.  We're on a road trip through the desert looking for strippers and cocaine... and Rose Bowl wins!

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InvertMyVeer's picture

WTF did I just read??? 

I guess we can add 'whatever happens, happens' to other classic Fickellisms along with 'it is what it is' and 'did we win'

Football is complicated...

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AWalk3r1's picture

Rumor is and I site a friend, that Ubran gave fickle Hell last yeah because of the Defense. The Alumni Love Fickle. One of the main reasons Vrabel left was because of the hell fickle got from Ubz. Again Rumor mill. who knows. There was even a rumor that Vrabal and Urban almost came to Blows over it. This all comes From Bucknutz, My friend is a member. How true all this is, No clue. but very interesting.

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Ethos's picture

Vrabel was offered a great oppurtunity and took it, like anyone would.

"I spent 90 percent of my money on women and drink. The rest I wasted." - George Best

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swainpm's picture

Thanks for the rumor mill. Even though it is just rumors some of us still like to know what other media sites report. If I could upvote you I would to balance out the negatives.

gm3jones's picture

There is always going to be some sort of anamosity behind closed doors. Those guys are with each other for 10 hours a day every day(ish). Same as you and your spouse arguing over nothing-- It just happens when your always around each other.

There is nothing more remarkable as learning to think better.

45has2's picture

Starting your post with "rumor is" is just not obvious enough for some readers. So you get down voted for posting a rumor.(not from me) Most readers here post their baseless opinions and do not qualify them as such. Which has more gravitas?

"I don't like nice people. I like tough, honest people." -W.W. Hayes

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skid21's picture

351 words without addressing the fact the defense pretty much sucked last year.

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ibuck's picture

It only "sucked" relative to your (and lots of others) expectations—very high expectations. Legacy expectations, Silver Bullet expectations.

After all, with that defense Ohio State won 12 straight games, and were "in the game" in each loss. Of course, we'd like the defense to play much better, and most likely, they will in 2014.

BTW, go back and look at OSU offense's 3rd down conversion rate in each 2013 loss. When you do, you'll see the D is not completely to blame.

Our honor defend, we will fight to the end !

If you can't win your conference, just quietly accept your non-playoff bowl game.

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SonOfBuckeye's picture

The pass defense was terrible relative to an expectation of ordinary competence (110th in yards allowed).  With even a mediocre pass d, OSU would have blown out Michigan and handily beaten MSU and Clemson. 

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mobboss1984's picture

Yeah......... the defense was actually pretty bad last year. We won all those games, because we scored a ton of points. 

Always be yourself, express yourself, have faith in yourself, do not go out and look for a successful personality and duplicate it.
Bruce Lee
 

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edr4225's picture

 

lets go bucks!!

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teddyballgame's picture

We could have easily received a simple "no" or "I didn't think about it", but instead he actually let his guard down for a little while and tried to take us through his thought process.  Not many people would be comfortable doing that, so I give him some respect there. 

The signal-to-noise ratio does need some tweaking though.

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Ethos's picture

guys chill, he was obviously mad at the question and was trying his hardest not to curse the guy out.  How would you feel if someone asked you that question in your job in front of, say, a million people?

"I spent 90 percent of my money on women and drink. The rest I wasted." - George Best

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ek68's picture

After that answer, I now see why the defense played the way they did. Boy I'm confused.

 

 

 

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Crimson's picture

One internets has been credited to your account.  Thank you for playing.

PittBuckeye's picture

In this case I really don't see what he did there.

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741's picture

The poor guy will never become a Senator. Needed at least 700 words for proper obfuscation, and so forth.

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FitzBuck's picture

I don't even have it in me tonight to defend Fickell.  Analogies with the World Trade Center are at best in poor taste.  A better one would have been:

(what are you going to do stop ordering pizza because of one freaking delivery guy....No you suck it up and order that mother fu@ker with extra cheese and wings)

Fitzbuck | Toledo - Ohio's right armpit | "A troll by any other name is still a troll".

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buckeyestu's picture

There seems to have been a talent upgrade at linebacker, I am willing to see what Coach Luke does now. Whatever happens I will not turn on Luke. He is 100% Buckeye.

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DefenceWinsChampionships's picture

Wow I haven't even seen Miss America contestant's answer questions that chaotically... I believe "huh?" is the appropriate response.

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buckskin's picture

He is a guy struggling to fully recover after Tress got fired.  Once that apple cart got upset, Fickell has never been the same.  Hopefully he can get it all back together and we can see the LB corps return to greatness.  That was painful to read, like his defense, he seems to be lacking clear direction. 

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buckskin's picture

He is a guy struggling to fully recover after Tress got fired.  Once that apple cart got upset, Fickell has never been the same.  Hopefully he can get it all back together and we can see the LB corps return to greatness.  That was painful to read, like his defense, he seems to be lacking clear direction. 

bucked up's picture

No wonder nobody on our defense knew their assignments. Fickell is not capable of speaking with brevity and simplicity

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Patriot4098's picture

As someone who teaches on a daily basis, I agree heavily. There's more to this conclusion than you or anyone probably gives credit for.

"Evil shenanigans!"     - Mac

biggy84's picture

But what are you going to do, live your life worried about everything? 

I have no idea what he could find to hang his hat on. If he can't see what a dumpster fire of a mess his defense was last year, he's really fooling himself. It's as if he thinks that as long as he is trying, that everyone should be happy with that. Still takes zero responsibility for anything. I don't know how he can fix something he thinks isn't broken. Wow.

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brandonbauer87's picture

I'm surprised you didn't get downvotes for posting a Herbstreit GIF. 

BuckeyeSouth's picture

That sounded like a very defensive answer (no pun intended).   Kinda like my sons do when they've done something wrong & I call them on it.  

Embrace it.

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nm_buck's picture

Gonna fire your sons?

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BuckeyeSouth's picture

Not a chance.

Embrace it.

Buckeye419er's picture

You can always find something that you can get better at, you gotta find something that you can hang your hat on.

You can hang your hat on those two losses where the defense got bitch slapped by less then great offenses. When our offense isn't perfect our defense has to be able to pick up the slack and vice versa. This last year that was definitely NOT the case. We were one player on offense away from going 6-6. Take away Hyde or Brax and this last season was a complete tank. 

TUNBUCK89's picture

What is even worse for Fickell at the moment is that he is in a NO WIN situation after Ash's hiring. If the defense improves, it will be credited to Ash. If the defense continues to struggle, it will still be blamed on Fickell as he continues to hold the DC title. Anyway you look at it, not good for fickell. As he is a true Buckeye, I hope he gets hired, somewhere, before he gets fired.

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GoBucksToledo's picture

They fired Earle too

bleedscarlet's picture

Yeah, but who's on 1st?..........

I'm too drunk to taste this chicken

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gm3jones's picture

Promote Fickell to HC with that response. Sounds like he could sell a ketchup popcycle to a women wearing white gloves

There is nothing more remarkable as learning to think better.

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Jpfbuck's picture

I guess I didn't have as much trouble as others following his comments, a bit rambling? sure, but he essentially said you cant go thru life worried about how others perceive you and you have to have confidence in your own abilities to hope to succeed. hence no he is not worried about it and what ever happens to him good or bad, he is not concerned with, and that he is more concerned with the state of his alma mater/team overall, than he is about his own personal well being

of course had he said it that way he would have done it in 70 words rather than 351 and been more clear, but of course I had time to think about it while he was jumped with the question during a practice...

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Butch_Driveshaft's picture

I get the point he was (I guess?) trying to make about not being overly concerned with what people think.The problem is, he is paid - a bunch - to produce an elite defense. Last year (and 2012, and 2011) the defense has been terrible. Now, I certainly didn't expect a top 10 defense last year, or in 2012, or especially in 2011, given everything that went down with Tressel. But the defense last year was bad, I don't care what team you are coaching for.

His response here, as well as his response to similar questions at the latter end of last season, shows me that he isn't going to change anything, regardless of whether it's working or not. I don't presume to say I know the answers better than Fickell, but c'mon...he knows that the past few years the defense has been bad.

He owes me 260 bucks vacation pay, and he won't fuckin' pay that, so I figured a handful of chips wasn't too much to ask.

 

Optimistic Buckeye Pessimist's picture

This is exactly the answer I expected.  This is exactly the answer I would have given if I were in his position.

Read my entire screen name....

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andretolstoy's picture

"Did you fear losing your job?" is sort like the question, "Are you going to tackle in practice this week?"

And we expect coherent answers? Oh, and nice picture of Fickell. This is the same one EW used in the last smear piece.

Party on guys. I guess we all need to fear for our jobs ...

DC-town's picture

Don't listen to the haters Big Fick Dog...get the LB's playing well and everyone will be all over you...keep bleeding scarlet and gray brother-  

some people appreciate wht you've done as a player and coach for the last 20 yrs

'Piss excellence' -RB

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dlb72osu's picture

As I read the comments here I am reminded of the old adage, "keep your words soft and sweet. One day you may have to eat them".

And thank you B-stu and DC. A brother once is a brother always.

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

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Hovenaut's picture

That was definitely not Tresselesque.

I'd almost go as far as saying that was almost Sabanistic, depending on the amount of eye contact Ficks had with the reporter, and/or the knocking over of a water bottle or two.

I am not very smart, but I recognize that I am not very smart.

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rms45's picture

Is this guy nuts? This defense got abused over and over again making games closer than they should be while allowing opponents to run up tons of yards, keeping our offense out of the game...

RMS45

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BuckeyeWags's picture

Gawd! That was like the Unibombers manifesto. Is it any wonder Fickell is such a failure at coaching up players.

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OSU_1992_UFM's picture

I know he's a Buckeye and all, but Fickell just seems like a straight up,grade A, asshole IMO. Damn Luke, dodge the question much??

UFM_Renewal

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RedStorm45's picture

You can't worry. Because there was a bombing in the World Trade Center a few years ago, do you never want to fly again? What are you going to do?

Wow, what a disrespectful turd.

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allinosu's picture

No faith in Fickell equals no faith in Urban. Personal foul Mr. Byrnes, 15 yards for piling on at the end and stirring up the mob.

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InvertMyVeer's picture

Honestly it's easy to rip Fickell for this rant but when it comes down to it I could really care less about what he says to the media as long as the results are there on the field. They certainly weren't last season, Fickell knows this and we all hope that won't be the case this season.

Football is complicated...

GoBucksToledo's picture

It must be nice not to have accountability in your job and feel secure about keeping it.  Kind of glad my company doesn't operate that way.

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45has2's picture

How many bloggers, newspaper reporters and tv talking heads show up at your job everyday asking the same stupid questions as the last 25 self important media turds? I'm sure you could take that in stride, right? 

"I don't like nice people. I like tough, honest people." -W.W. Hayes

GoBucksToledo's picture

No, actually someone more important, the guy that signs my check.

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