Luke Fickell will be doing a lot of coming and going, all from the same place a lot of the time, the next several weeks. While he is eager to get on with his new job as University of Cincinnati head coach, he made clear to Urban Meyer his intention as Ohio State co-defensive coordinator/linebackers coach to see the Buckeyes through the College Football Playoff. The Buckeyes play Clemson on Dec. 31 in a semifinal.

Luke Fickell will be doing a lot of coming and going, all from the same place a lot of the time, the next several weeks.

While he is eager to get on with his new job as University of Cincinnati head coach, he made clear to Urban Meyer his intention as Ohio State co-defensive coordinator/linebackers coach to see the Buckeyes through the College Football Playoff. The Buckeyes play Clemson on Dec. 31 in a semifinal.

"The great thing about it is the respect that he has for me, that I looked him in the eyes and said when I walked out of there (Saturday on his way to be introduced at UC), 'Coach, I'm fully committed to what we're doing,' " said Fickell, whose six-year contract at UC reportedly calls for him to make $2.3 million per year. "I told the players … that they know they'll get my best. We'll have our guys ready to play."

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As a video on Twitter revealed, Meyer - a 1986 UC graduate - was excited for his protege, re-introducing Fickell to the Buckeyes at the end of the Saturday morning practice.

"I present to you, the head football coach at the University of Cincinnati, Luke Fickell," Meyer said with gusto.

But again, Fickell is a new head coach with unfinished business, just as offensive coordinator Tom Herman was in December 2014, when he was named the coach at Houston but stayed to help guide the Buckeyes to the national championship. And just as co-defensive coordinator Chris Ash was last year headed to the Fiesta Bowl with OSU after being named coach at Rutgers.

They made it work by dedicating early mornings, break times, and late-night work to their new job while concentrating on the Buckeyes in between. Just like them, Fickell has a staff to hire, recruiting groundwork to do, and he has workout schedules to set, etc. He'll likely have two cell phones going at once, with several trips to Cincinnati worked into the mix.

"It's going to take some work, it's going to take some planning, and it's going to take some great work from the people who join me," Fickell said.

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