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Report: Luke Fickell interviews for FAU head coaching job
Florida Atlantic athletic director Pat Chun is moving quickly in his search to replace Carl Pelini.
According to the Sun-Sentinel’s Dieter Kurtenbach, Chun flew to Columbus on Tuesday to interview his top target for the position — Ohio State defensive coordinator Luke Fickell.
Chun spent 15 years in the Ohio State athletic department before becoming the FAU AD in July 2012, and knows Fickell well.
Fickell, a Columbus native, was a defensive lineman for the Buckeyes from 1993-96, and returned to the school in 1999 as a graduate assistant. He spent two years on the Akron staff before returning to Columbus in 2002, where he’s remained since.
Fickell served as the Ohio State’s interim during the 2011 season following Jim Tressel’s resigned in May of that year. The Buckeyes finished 6-7, and Fickell returned to defensive coordinator after Urban Meyer was hired.
He later interviewed for Pitt’s head coaching vacancy but was not offered the job. job after.
Fickell’s will make $600,000 this year, roughly $100,000 more than Pelini was scheduled to be paid.
Other names mentioned in conjunction with the FAU opening include Miami offensive coordinator James Coley and Cincinnati offensive coordinator Eddie Gran.
Both Coley and Gran are career assistants with strong south Florida ties.
Photo: Marvin Fong, The Cleveland Plain Dealer