Nov 25, 2011; Ann Arbor, MI, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes head coach Luke Fickell walks with his wife Amy Fickell into the stadium prior to the game against the Michigan Wolverines at Michigan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

FAU interviews Ohio State assistant coach Luke Fickell for vacant head coaching slot


With the abrupt resignation last week of head coach Carl Pelini amid allegations that he was seen partaking in some cocaine and marijuana use on a recent bye week, the Florida Atlantic Owls are now in search of a new coach to lead the program, and the interview process has already begun.

According to the Sun-Sentinel, Athletic Director Pat Chun flew to Columbus, Ohio on Tuesday to interview Ohio State Buckeyes assistant, Luke Fickell.

This could end up being the perfect match for the Owls. Chun is very familiar with Fickell, having spent a good amount of time working in the Ohio State Athletic Department before heading to FAU. Fickell also has some significant head coaching experience. After Jim Tressel was forced out following the tattoo scandal, Fickell ran the Buckeyes for a year in 2011 before Urban Meyer stepped in prior to 2012.

Fickell currently serves as Urban Meyer’s defensive coordinator for the undefeated and fourth-ranked Ohio State team.

At the moment, offensive coordinator Brian Wright is holding down the fort for the FAU football team following one of the more embarrassing incidents in recent memory.

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  • my_ears_rburning

    Chun should not be looking to hire anyone – he is gonna need a job himself. This guy goes from one scandal to the next… he is a magnet for this sort of thing. What an embarrassment of an AD FAU has on its hands. When Chun was asked a simple question about whether or not accuser Allison Stewart was in Key West, Chun’s whole demeanor changed, he called the reporters “You guys” and told them to infer whatever they could from the documents that had been released. But the affidavit that Chun took from Allison Stewart during his investigation, clearly states she was in Key West – why couldn’t he just answer the question instead of implying the reporters were making a reach. Maybe Chun should start packing his bags and say goodbye to his friend Allison Stewart. And, oh yah, the reporters were asking about Stewart being pregnant, her relationship to the other accuser Matt Edwards, her relationship to the FAU athletics program and whether or not there had been allegations of sexual misconduct. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7TkpsRMk1sE#t=49