Jody Victor®: A New Coach for The Buckeyes

Jody Victor: This fall football season the Buckeyes will play for a new head coach. Luke Fickell has been an Ohio State Coach for 10 seasons. Here's some facts and stats on the new head coach from

* Luke is the 23rd head coach in Ohio State history. He is only the fourth Ohio State graduate (undergraduate degree) to coach the Scarlet and Gray. Sam Willaman (first year was 1929), Wesley Fesler (1947) and Earle Bruce (1979) are the others.

* Luke is the sixth former Ohio State assistant coach to assume the school's head coaching position, Willaman (assisted between 1926-28), Fesler (1931-32), Carroll Widdoes (1941-43), Earle Bruce (1966-72) and Jim Tressel (1983-85) are the others.

* Luke is the recipient of a national coaching honor. In 2010 he was named the American Football Coaches Association's assistant coach of the year.

* Luke is a Columbus native. He attended Robert Frost Elementary School, Walnut Springs Middle School and graduated in 1992 from DeSales High School.

* Luke was a three-time undefeated state wrestling champion for DeSales. He posted records of 36-0, 31-0 and 39-0 as a sophomore, junior and senior, respectively. He was Division II Ohio state champ at 189 pounds as a sophomore and as a heavyweight as junior and senior.

* Luke is married with children. He and his wife, Amy, have four kids under the age of 10: a son Landon, daughter Luca and twin boys Aydon and Ashton.

* Luke and Amy were college sweethearts at Ohio State. Luke is a 1997 Ohio State grad with a degree in exercise science. Four times he was named Academic all-Big Ten Conference. Amy graduated in 1999 with a degree in physical therapy.

* Luke started a school-record 50 consecutive football games for Ohio State. After a red-shirt year in 1992, he started every game at nose guard for coach John Cooper between 1993-96.

* Luke played on two Big Ten champion squads. Ohio State was Big Ten co-champion in 1993 (10-1-1; 6-1-1) and 1995 (11-2; 7-1).

* Luke played in four bowl games: the 1993 Holiday Bowl, the 1995 Florida Citrus Bowl, the 1996 Florida Citrus Bowl and the 1997 Rose Bowl.

* Luke wore jersey No. 99 for the Buckeyes. He looks like he could still wear an Ohio State jersey into battle. He's 6-4 and 245 pounds.

* Luke is in his 10th season as an Ohio State coach. Jim Tressel hired him in 2002. This is his 12th year as a full-time collegiate head coach.

* Luke started a foundation to help “tackle illiteracy.” It is called the Second and Seven Foundation and was developed by Fickell and former Buckeye teammates Mike Vrabel and Ryan Miller. The foundation sponsored its inaugural FUNdamental Football Camp for kids in 2000 and proceeds from the camp were used to purchase books for second graders in seven Central Ohio Schools.

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Jody Victor

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Jody Victor®: O-H-I-O Around The World

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Ohio State student-athletes not only compete at the highest level across the nation but they also travel the world, expanding upon their talents and enriching their collegiate experience with unforgettable memories.

“O-H-I-O” started as a simple cheer, something for late 19th Century fans to shout during football games. But these days, “O-H-I-O” means the whole package: strong athletic traditions, major school spirit, and the academic achievements and outreach efforts that make The Ohio State University the great place it is.

As the seasons pass and years roll, Ohio State student-athletes will journey to all corners of the earth. Your Buckeyes will share their experiences with you as they spread the spirit of “O-H-I-O!”

If you would like to see photos the student-athletes have sent in from their travels, go to and look under the Traditions icon.

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Jody Victor

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Jody Victor®: 15 More Buckeyes Graduate Sunday

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The 2011 commencement ceremonies Sunday at The Ohio State University included diplomas for 15 Ohio State Buckeyes football players, 11 who were members of the 2010 Big Ten Conference and Sugar Bowl championship team. Including 15 student-athletes who had previously graduated in the past year, 26 individuals off the 2010 team have now received their degrees.

Earning bachelor's degrees Sunday: Joe Bauserman, Evan Blankenship, Joe Cech, Cameron Heyward, Garrett Hummel, Don Matheney, Tyler Moeller, Brian Rolle, Dane Sanzenbacher, Connor Smith and Taurian Washington.

Also honored with a diploma Sunday were four former Buckeye football players: Ken Blair, Dan Potokar, Dwight Smith and Donald Washington.

Other members of the 2010 team who had previously received their degrees are Devin Barclay, Justin Boren, Bryant Browning, Chimdi Chekwa, Ricky Crawford, Aaron Gant, Ross Homan, Josh Kerr, Dexter Larimore, Chris Malone, Andrew Miller, Jake McQuaide, Brandon Saine, Scott Sika and Grant Schwartz.

The 26 graduates of the 2010 team only tell part of the story of the academic achievements experienced by the football program this past academic year. Here are a few more notable thoughts and efforts:

* Bryant Browning received the fourth annual McMurry Scholar-Athlete Citizenship Award from the Ohio State University College of Social Work. The award honors one student-athlete each year who best exemplifies the idea of “Education for Citizenship” through significant volunteer service to the community.

* Six seniors – Bryant Browning, Garrett Hummel, Chris Malone, Jake McQuaide, Andrew Miller and Scott Sika – were named to the National Football Foundation's Hampshire Honor Society for maintaining at least a 3.20 grade point average over the course of their entire collegiate career.

* Chimdi Chekwa was a finalist for Ohio State's Big Ten Conference Medal of Honor Award.

* Scott Sika was a recipient of the Corwin A. Fergus Memorial Award for his athletic and academic achievements in addition to his positive qualities of character and citizenship. The award includes a $5,000 post-graduate scholarship that is renewable for three years.

* Forty (40) Buckeyes were among the school-record 523 student-athletes who were named a 2010-11 OSU Scholar-Athlete.

* Six individuals were named an OSU Scholar-Athlete for the fifth time: Browning, Hummel, Dexter Larimore, McQuaide, Miller and Sika.

* An additional 22 football players were named Academic All-Big Ten Conference this past fall.

* Ohio State had the No. 1 Academic Progress Rate (APR) multi-year score among the Top 25 teams in the final 2010 USA Today/ESPN Football Coaches Top 25 poll. The APR provides a real-time look at a team's academic success by tracking the academic progress of each student-athlete on scholarship.

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Jody Victor

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Jody Victor® : 2011 College Football Hall of Fame

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During the telecast of College Football Live on ESPN, The National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame (NFF) announced May 16th that Eddie George, the star running back at Ohio State from 1992-95, will be a member of the 2011 College Football Hall of Fame Class from the Football Bowl Subdivision (formerly Division 1-A).

Winner of the 1995 Heisman Trophy Ohio State's Eddie George is the latest in the storied lineage of Buckeye ball carriers to enter the College Football Hall of Fame.

George enjoyed many successes under College Football Hall of Fame coach John Cooper at Ohio State. He helped the Buckeyes to an overall 38-9-2 record, and a 24-6-2 mark in Big Ten play, where Ohio State never finished lower than second during George's tenure. He ranks among the top three in school history in rushing yards (3,768), rushing touchdowns (44), 100-yard games (20) and holds school records with five 200-yard outings and 12 consecutive 100-yard games. As a senior, George set a single-season school record with 1,927 rushing yards en route to winning the Heisman Trophy, Maxwell Award, Walter Camp Player of the Year Award, Doak Walker Award and Jim Brown Award while leading the nation in scoring, placing fourth in all-purpose yards and fifth in rushing yards per game and yards per carry.

The fourteenth overall pick in the 1996 NFL Draft by the Houston Oilers, he ranks 23rd in NFL history with 10,441 rushing yards compiled over nine seasons, He played in four Pro Bowls and was a First Team All-Pro in 2000. He holds virtually every career rushing record for the Tennessee Titans, and helped Tennessee reach Super Bowl XXXIV. George shares the title with Jim Brown as the only 10,000 yard runners in NFL history to never miss a start.

George holds many titles in his post-football career, not the least of which includes earning an MBA from Northwestern University. His is also the founder and co-owner of the EDGE Group, Eddie George's Grille 27 in Columbus, and he is is a member  of the Urban Land Institute and the American Society for Landscape Architects. He also serves as an on-air personality for Big Ten Network. George and his wife, Tamara, reside with their two children in Brentwood, Tenn.

The 2011 College Football Hall of Fame Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) Class will be inducted at the NFF Annual Awards Dinner on December 6, 2011, at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York City. They will be officially enshrined at the College Football Hall of Fame, tentatively scheduled for the summer of 2012.

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Jody Victor


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