Fickell filled in as head coach after Tressel's resignation and did an admirable job despite the difficult circumstances he inherited. Prior to his one year as a head coach, Fickell was an excellent assistant at Ohio State where he coached the linebackers and was co-defensive coordinator.
Despite rumors that Meyer would attempt to keep him on board, many speculated that the young coach would move on to a head coaching position at a smaller school. This is a great move by Meyer considering how successful Fickell has been as an assistant in Columbus. The former Buckeye great was named Assistant Coach of the Year by the American Football Coaches Association in 2010 and lives and breathes Ohio State football. Retaining Fickell will also make keeping already committed recruits on board that much easier.
As of now, it isn't entirely certain what Fickell's new title will be. Rumors have swirled from assistant head coach, to linebackers coach, and everywhere in between. Perhaps Meyer will address this today at 5:15 pm at the press conference where he will be introduced officially as the new head coach at Ohio State.