Luke Fickell Will Remain On Urban Meyer's Staff, Coach Ohio State In Bowl Game

Urban Meyer was officially hired by Ohio State on Monday, and at least one member of his coaching staff has been decided. From the school's official announcement:

Luke Fickell, who has served as Ohio State's head football coach since May, will continue to serve as the current team's head coach through any possible bowl appearance. He will remain on Coach Meyer's staff.

"I want to express my enormous gratitude to Luke Fickell," said [athletic director] Gene Smith. "During the past several months, he has demonstrated true leadership and devotion to the University and his players. He will continue to be a great asset to our program."

Update: Fickell's exact role on the staff has yet to be determined, Meyer said during his introductory press conference.

Ohio State suffered through a rare down season following an unexpected transition from the Jim Tressel era, finishing 6-6 after a 40-34 loss to rival Michigan. Fickell played for the Buckeyes during the 1993--96 seasons, returning to spend one season as a graduate assistant in 1999 before moving to the University of Akron. He returned to Ohio State in 2002, eventually assuming co-defensive coordinator duties in 2005. 

For more on the Buckeyes, visit Ohio State blog Along The Olentangy.

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