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September 19, 2011 - Robert "Bubba" Kapral
OHIO STATE'S inexperience and youthfulness was exposed Saturday night at Miami, not with its players but rather the head coach. Luke Fickell came up short in a couple of crucial areas. First, the interim Buckeyes' boss continues to waffle on picking a full-time QB. Shuffling in quarterbacks doesn't work. That was reflected in glaring fashion against the Hurricanes. Now that the Buckeyes' have unfortunately tasted defeat, highly touted Braxton Miller needs to be inserted into the starting lineup fulltime under center. He has the makings of a star, he just needs to play. Fickell also dropped the ball in the waning minutes of a two-possession game. With a full complement of timeouts in hand, he opted to eat them instead of stopping the clock, giving his team a chance, albeit a slim one, of making a comeback. The former Buckeyes' defensive line standout is coaching under a Scarlet & Gray microscope. Every move he makes will be compared to what his predecessor Jim Tressel might have done. Tressel made his own untidy Buckeye bed. He needed to be let go, as was the case. Many OSU partisans are hoping that Fickell can retain the Buckeyes' head post longterm. He is a good man, Buckeyes' born and bred. Miami was Fickell's first acid test as head coach. He fumbled. Fickell will now need to run the table in hopes of retaining his current duties next fall and for seasons to come.
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