When Ohio State hosts Akron in the season-opener, co-defensive coordinator / linebackers coach Luke Fickell will be leading the Buckeyes.
Until game week, things aren’t changing. That's when the process will begin.
Jim Tressel told ESPN’s Adam Rittenberg, “The week of the game. You don't rehearse anything about the game until the week of the game. We don't do it in spring, we don't do it in preseason. There probably will be very little differences before game week."
Fickell was recognized last season as the FootballScoop Linebackers Coach of the Year.
He said, “I'm sure there will be a gamut of emotions. But if you let yourself get drawn into those things and have them occupy your mind, that's not what I need to do. One of my strengths is to not allow my mind to be in those types of situations."
Fickell’s first full-time job was at Akron, where he coached the defensive line from 2000-2001.
It will be interesting to see if defensive grad assistant Anthony Jordan has an expanded role with the linebackers during the early part of the season. Jordan was an All-MAC linebacker at Toledo before serving as a grad assistant for the Rockets and then serving as the special teams coordinator / linebackers coach for two years at Seton Hill University.
Breaking News: Somebody has to block the 9-technique on the Fly Sweep. (See the video - 1st play of Team Period yesterday)