Luke Fickell probably didn't want to take over the Ohio State football program like this. The former co-defensive coordinator has had the "interim" tag removed and is now the head coach of the Buckeyes, permanently taking over for Jim Tressel about a month after he resigned under a cloud of controversy.
The hiring of Fickell seems to make a lot sense, at least from the perspective that Ohio State is still facing an uncertain future and the big-name guys would be unlikely to sign on given that. Fickell spoke about that very issue recently:
"It’s still hypothetical and for us right now we don’t have a whole lot of time to focus on those kinds of things. We just really are focused on the things that we can control and really continuing to tell our guys and make sure they understand that we’re moving forward. We’re focused on the now and what’s going to happen with that is out of our hands. We’ll let those in charge of that do their job and hey we’re gonna really worry about the things we can control."