Ohio State has announced today that Luke Fickell has been promoted to Assistant Head Coach, effective immediately.
AD Gene Smith, in the announcement, had this to say-
Luke Fickell is a Buckeye to the core. He has earned this promotion to assistant head coach through his hard work, dedication and performance. We have great trust and belief in Luke’s ability to work with our entire coaching staff to lead our young men through the first five games this fall. I have confidence our entire football family will work together to maintain our standard of excellence.
These responsibilities will include serving as head coach during Coach Jim Tressel’s suspension in the 2011 season, which is currently set for five games. The NCAA investigation, as you know, is ongoing.
Coach Fickell is a Columbus native Ohio State graduate, and was named the AFCA Assistant Coach of the Year in 2010. Currently, he serves as the Buckeyes linebacker coach and co-defensive coordinator. He fills the role that has been vacant since Coach Hazell left to become the head coach at Kent State University.
Congratulations, Coach Fickell!