The circumstances are completely different. The Ohio State University is in trouble with the NCAA and many have said that Jim Tressel had to go in Columbus.
Yes, it's Memorial Day, but in Columbus, it's the day that Tressel said "goodbye" to one of the prime jobs in all of College Football.
So, will Luke Fickel be the next Bill Lynch and take the interim tag to head coach, as Lynch did at Indiana, after the death of former IU coach Terry Hoeppner? Lynch replaced Hoeppner in 2007, leading IU to a 7-6 season. Lynch was dismissed, after the 2010 season though, when IU lost for the third straight year.
Some call for the Death Penalty for Ohio State. However, that would be terrible for College Football, especially the Big Ten Conference. How did the Southwest Conference fare the demise of SMU? Ohio State's ills are not good for the conference, but OSU is not SMU either, and the conference's most consistent program just took a hit.
Luke Fickel will likely wear the interim tag for the 2011 season. The 2011 Big Ten conference race just opened up even more, with the six-time defending champions of the conference joining the ranks of Michigan, Indiana and Minnesota welcoming a new coach for the 2011 season.
The 2011 Big Ten season will certainly be an interesting one.
- Nebraska joins Big Ten and conference will host first ever Big Ten title game
- Legends and Leaders
- Michigan hires Brady Hoke to replace
- Indiana hires Kevin Wilson, most recently OC at Oklahoma
- Minnesota hires Jerry Kill, most recently NIU's head coach
- Luke Fickel moves from five game interim coach to 2011 interim coach, upon news of Tressel's resignation in Columbus for Ohio State
It's Memorial Day ... the 2011 Big Ten season just got a little more interesting!