Luke Fickell looking to make inroads with Cincinnati alumni

Ohio State defensive coordinator Luke Fickell speaks at a Fiesta Bowl press conference on Monday, Dec. 28, 2015, at the Camelback Inn in Scottsdale, Ariz. David Jablonski/Staff
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Ohio State defensive coordinator Luke Fickell speaks at a Fiesta Bowl press conference on Monday, Dec. 28, 2015, at the Camelback Inn in Scottsdale, Ariz. David Jablonski/Staff

How is Luke Fickell going to establish his new Cincinnati Bearcats football program?

Looks like one way will be to embrace the past.

In his last press conference in Columbus as an Ohio State assistant, Fickell spoke about the important role passion for and fit within a place can have in building a strong program.

“I know the culture here,” Fickell said of Ohio State. “Whether it’s Coach (Jim Tressel), Coach (Urban) Meyer, I know what it takes to be successful in this environment. Whoever the coach is, whatever the leadership style. Taking some of these kids and saying they’re not the top guy in the country but the reality is I know they fit our culture and I know they can thrive in this environment.

“That’s what you gotta be able to do at Cincinnati. The key is to the other coaches that are going out there and doing the legwork, can they have that same understanding of OK this is what our culture is going to be. This is what it’s going to take to thrive in it. Now let’s try to find the intangible things.”

It comes as little surprise he would take this approach into this new challenge.

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