The Buckeyes routed Akron 42-0. Rob Ianello’s Zips had only 5 first downs in the entire game. Luke Fickell’s debut with the Ohio State Buckeyes couldn’t have gone any better with the exception of the ending.
After the game, Ianello walked up to Fickell for the traditional post-game hand shake and verbally attacked the rookie coach for keeping OSU RB Carlos Hyde in the game, so that he could rack up 100 yards on the ground (Hyde fell short with 93 yards).
Ianello to Fickell at midfield: “I don’t think that’s real good sportsmanship but good luck the rest of the year.”
ESPN commentator, Chris Spielman said of Fickell’s move,
“It’s interesting you have Carlos Hyde in the football game. Let me tell you the reason why. I think they’re (Ohio State) trying to get him 100 yards. .. It’d be nice to get Hyde 100 yards.”
Fickell didn’t have a chance to respond to the comments, as the Akron coach walked right past him. Fickell was observed yapping something inappropriate in Ianello’s direction thereafter.
First of all, Hyde isn’t even the starting running back. He was only in the game because Dan Herron and Jordan Hall were both suspended and Jaamal Berry was injured for the contest. Secondly, Ianello is just bitter because he’s 1-12 as the Zips head coach and he is clearly over reacting. What he rather Fickell try to pound the ball into the end zone again rather than run out the clock? What an embarrassment to the Akron program-take the $700k you probably received for the game and zip it.