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Friday, December 7, 2012
What if ... OSU lost Fickell and Coombs?

By Brad Bournival

The “what if” scenarios regarding college football are a revolving door this time of year.

Boston College, Temple, Auburn, Kent State, Wisconsin and Tennessee are just a few schools hit with coaching changes in the last few weeks. Those changes could have an impact not just with players on the current team, but in recruiting as well.

Kerry Coombs
Kerry Coombs also coached at Cincinnati under current Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly.
Urban Meyer isn’t likely to go anywhere after Ohio State’s 12-0 season, but what if one of his assistant coaches left for another gig?

It happens all the time with the Buckeyes as college programs hire head coaches who used to be OSU assistants. New Purdue coach Darrell Hazell was a longtime OSU assistant before taking the Kent State head coaching job.

The two names on the current staff thrown around more often than not are Kerry Coombs and Luke Fickell.

Fickell is a huge figure in the recruiting process as he has turned into Ohio State’s ace pitchman. In the waning months before national signing day, putting your best face forward is paramount sometimes in landing a recruit.

Of the heavy hitters in the Class of 2013, Fickell’s in-home or school visits have been to the cream of the crop as of late. He’s seen Mike Mitchell and Trey Johnson this week and was with both last week as well.

Coombs' ability to relate to high school athletes is also in high demand. Like Fickell, Coombs was a fixture last weekend on the sidelines for the Ohio high school state finals. Coombs spent his first 24 seasons as a coach at the high school level, with 16 of those coming as the head man for Cincinnati Colerain.

In fact, Meyer has gone so far as to say he is one of the great coaches in Ohio high school football history.

Coombs is also the first name on many recruits’ lips after camps as his popularity seems to grow with each combine.

Losing either Fickell or Coombs would certainly hurt Ohio State's recruiting efforts.