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.