NCAAF  > General NCAAF  > Who Should the New tOSU Coach Be?
June 2, 2011, 02:59 PM
I was reading an Michael Rosenburg article on the bad luck of TOSU coaches, and it got me to wondering who the next HC will be, and under what circumstances. Will it need to be a "weather the storm" type coach to get them through any future sanctions, a win at all cost guy like sweatervest, or something in between?

Interesting quote from Michael: "Ohio State needs a new football coach, and as soon as the locals find a man who can win all his games, graduate all his players, follow all the rules, abstain from wine, women and song and beat Michigan by at least 50 points without running up the score, the school will be all set."

Names and/or opinions are welcome, thanks for stopping.
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June 2, 2011  04:02 PM ET

He's only interim, isn't he? Least that's what I thought, that they would get the perm guy at the end of 2011.

Don't know much about Fickell, but I only see him getting the job permanent if: He wins a NC this year (or at least is top 5) OR the sanctions are so tough none of the big names want it.

I did see Grudens name mentioned somewhere, I give that more creedence than Urban Meyer.

June 2, 2011  04:03 PM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Is Fickell clean?

He is as far as I know. The issue is how does he handle the the pressure, I think it would be tough for someone taking over a program with so many potential problems and wishy washy AD and President.

June 2, 2011  04:12 PM ET

I would still like to see Fred Pagac back in town!

June 2, 2011  04:18 PM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Is Fickell clean?

Fickell is a local boy done good. He was raised in Columbus, went to the DeSales in C-bus. He won several state championships in wrestling, and if I remember correctly didn't lose a match his junior and senior years. Excelled on the football field, excelled in the classroom. Went to The Ohio State University where he started 50 straight games at nose tackle. Outstanding player, outstanding student, outstanding locker-room guy. He is 37, has been a co-DC for years, asst HC for 1, and has the respect of the players, coaches, suits at tOSU.

I hope this guy is given a fair shake. The comparisons being made to Pat Fitzgerald are striking.

June 2, 2011  04:20 PM ET
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Fickell is a local boy done good. He was raised in Columbus, went to the DeSales in C-bus. He won several state championships in wrestling, and if I remember correctly didn't lose a match his junior and senior years. Excelled on the football field, excelled in the classroom. Went to The Ohio State University where he started 50 straight games at nose tackle. Outstanding player, outstanding student, outstanding locker-room guy. He is 37, has been a co-DC for years, asst HC for 1, and has the respect of the players, coaches, suits at tOSU. I hope this guy is given a fair shake. The comparisons being made to Pat Fitzgerald are striking.

Local radio interviewed James Laurinaitis the other day. He gushed about "Fick".

June 2, 2011  04:24 PM ET

Wish list??

Meyer, Stoops, Fickell, Gruden, Dungy, Larry Kehres...

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June 2, 2011  04:35 PM ET
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If Fickell doesn't get tainted by all the crap flying around Columbus, I think he'll get a fair evaluation. I'd think he needs to win 10 games and have a top 10 signing class for 2012.If he doesn't escape the crap, or doesn't perform, God only knows who they turn to. Chucky? Meyer? I haven't heard Peterson mentioned, but I think he's a possibility. tOSU is still a "destination" coaching gig, at least potentially. So probably anyone not already in a "destination" job would give this one serious consideration. That's a potential field consisting of maybe 4-5 NFL coaches, and all but a half dozen or so D-1 college coaches.

Agree completely

June 2, 2011  04:51 PM ET

Land Kiffen...

June 2, 2011  04:55 PM ET
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Land Kiffen...

Ya know for as big of jerk as he is, he has not missed a beat in recruiting at USC

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June 2, 2011  05:16 PM ET
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Wish list??Meyer, Stoops, Fickell, Gruden, Dungy, Larry Kehres...

IMO unless things greatly change before the EOY Meyer and Stoops are unlikely. Meyers cuz he just quit a prestigous program in THE prestigous conference cuz he was tired, and sick, and sick and tired. Stoops cuz he is a god in Oklahoma, has all he wants as far as money/prestige, and is an annual contender. All my in-laws are died in the wool OU fans so I'm kinda familiar and it just don't seem like he would leave what he has built. Not to mention it don't get near as cold as Columbus, and for anybody who has ever lived in both climates that has got to be a consideration.

Oh, you meant MIKE Stoops! Yeah, bet they could lure him away from AZ, but I'm not sure why you want him.

But I could be wr... wr... mistaken.

June 2, 2011  05:23 PM ET
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If Fickell doesn't get tainted by all the crap flying around Columbus, I think he'll get a fair evaluation. I'd think he needs to win 10 games and have a top 10 signing class for 2012.If he doesn't escape the crap, or doesn't perform, God only knows who they turn to. Chucky? Meyer? I haven't heard Peterson mentioned, but I think he's a possibility. tOSU is still a "destination" coaching gig, at least potentially. So probably anyone not already in a "destination" job would give this one serious consideration. That's a potential field consisting of maybe 4-5 NFL coaches, and all but a half dozen or so D-1 college coaches.

I'm a little prejudice but if I'm in TOSU's situation and Fickell don't work I would give serious consideration to TCU's Gary P. The guy can flat out coach and has an intimate knowledge of one of the richest recruiting areas in college football; the DFW Metro. And he has shown that he can take mostly 3* and less and foirm them into NC contenders; what could he do with 4 and 5 * guy's?

JMO

June 2, 2011  05:29 PM ET

BTW, GP is one of the good guys (I think) and: "Patterson's success on the gridiron is also mirrored in the classroom for his players. In each of the last three seasons, TCU has been recognized by the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) as one of the nation's leaders in its graduation rate for student-athletes."

And the major thing is HE CAN BEAT WISCONSIN!

Sorry Buckeyes, just had to throw that last bit in there.

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June 2, 2011  07:56 PM ET

Hoping not....but Dan Mullen has done some good things

June 2, 2011  08:39 PM ET
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I would still like to see Fred Pagac back in town!

Pagac was a GA under Woody when I played and he was well respected. He will command respect and demand discipline.They will run through walls for him.He should be considered.

June 2, 2011  08:40 PM ET

Fickell should be given every opportunity to succeed!

 
June 2, 2011  08:41 PM ET

The coach should have deep Ohio ties so we don't go through the crap TSUN had to go through.

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