Posted: 6/18/2017 12:27:18 PM
As most here know I'm a Michigan fan. Looking at Luke Fickell at Cincy. Here are my observations viewing from the North.
Born and raised in Columbus, OH. Luke was a good nose guard at OSU and then an assistant coach from 2002-2016 at OSU. When he was thrust into the interim head coaching job in 2011 he looked way over his head. Had the "deer in the headlights" look on the sidelines. (same look Brady Hoke had at Michigan). Then when coaching the defense at OSU under Meyer he always was "CO"-defensive coordinator, always a big hire to back him up it seemed.
Now he is head coach at Cincy. He promises an up-tempo offense and hires Mike Denbrock from Notre Dame. Coach Kelly at ND took over offensive play calling and this is reported as a possible reason Denbrock left ND. Now Denbrock is no up-tempo OC, so....??
My take is Fickell was a hell of a player and loyal Buckeye, but can he really coach?? Is Meyer happier he is gone?
Your thoughts and observations appreciated.