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Meyer says Fickell didn’t interview for FAU position

November 15, 2013
By SETH STASKEY - Buckeye Blitz (sstaskey@timesleaderonline.com) , Times Leader

Ohio State was certainly in the news last week without playing and it had nothing to do with the BCS or anything of the sort.

A story broke in Florida that Florida Atlantic Athletic Director Pat Chung, who was a former assistant A.D. at OSU, had flown to Columbus and interviewed current Buckeyes defensive coordinator Luke Fickell about the Owls' opening.

Meyer immediately shot the report down and said Fickell didn't interview for any jobs during the week.

Chung and Meyer actually met last week. No, Meyer's not a candidate for the job, but Chung was trying to bounce a few things off of him.

"We talked about some names," Meyer said. "Pat's a great friend, who I have a lot of respect for. There's nothing more that I would like to see than Pat Chung be successful."

Meyer's had plenty of his assistants go on and become head coaches. He actually encourages them and speaks on their behalf to athletic directors during the off-season. The part involving Fickell that bothered him was the alleged timing.

"Pat's very respectful of this time of the year for us," Meyer continued. "We just talked about a profile because (Florida Atlantic) is a unique place. South Florida isn't a play that you want to dive into (recruiting wise) unless you've been there before."

MEYER RETURNS

It's been a while since Meyer has been on the Illini campus. He didn't call a game there during his season as an analyst with ESPN.

The last time he was there when he was an assistant coach at Illinois State for two years. Plus, when he was a graduate assistant under Earl Bruce with the Buckeyes, Ohio State visited the Illini.

OSU'S LAST TIME IN CHAMPAIGN

The last time the Ohio State Buckeyes visited Illinois' campus, most of the fans, coaches and probably player needed something a little stronger than Champaign.

Ohio State's dismal offense during the 2011 season mustered just 228 yards on 55 snaps. Further proving how far the offense has come since Meyer's arrival in Columbus, during that game, Braxton Miller, who was just a true freshman, completed only 1-of-4 passes for 17 yards.

Meyer was asked whether or not he broke out that tape this week?

He responded, "No."

Daniel "Boom" Herron ran for 114 yards and a touchdown as the Buckeyes' knocked off the Illini, 17-7.

"I don't know all about the conditions, but I know (Luke Fickell) had a young quarterback and a fairly young group of wideouts. Do what you gotta do to walk out of there with a win."

SERIES HISTORY

While the last time in Champaign wasn't pretty, it was still a victory for the Buckeyes and that's basically been the norm for OSU and Illinois, who battle for the coveted IlliBuck Trophy, which is a turtle.

All told, Ohio State leads the series, 64-30-4. They've won 34 of the 46 meetings in Illinois.

The Illini's last victory against the Buckeyes was a memorable one.

Ohio State was ranked No. 1 in the country and Illini quarterback Juice Williams led the 28-21 upset in 2007.

ON THE DIAL

Saturday's game will be broadcast on ESPN, starting at noon. Dave Pasch, Brian Griese and Tom Luginbill will provide the commentary.

Next week's game time and network destination hasn't been announced yet.

However, it'll either be a noon or 3:30 p.m. kick and the Big Ten and its television partners will announce the remainder either late Saturday or early Sunday.

IF FOOTBALL GETS OUT OF HAND

Many expect the Buckeyes to cruise to their 10th victory this Saturday. So, if that's the case and you're sitting at home and get bored with it, you can flip to FOX and watch the OSU men, who tip off at 1 p.m. at Marquette.

The Buckeyes' basketball team is 2-0 after it defeated Ohio on Tuesday, 79-69.

 
 

 

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