"Like I do everything else. Statistics, at the end of the year you really look back at them to say, do you want to dive into statistics? Where were you in scoring defense? What’s the most important? You can always find something that you can get better at and find something to hang your hat on. But the reality is, you go on battling and if it happens, it happens, and if it doesn’t happen, it doesn’t happen. What are you going to do? Live your life worried about everything?"
"How would that be? How much excitement – what would that do for you? So you know what, you’re confident in what you do and you believe in what you do and if that’s what the plan is, that’s what the plan is. I want what’s best for this place. Coach Meyer knows that, and we talked about that from day one. If something is better for this place, then so be it. I want what’s best for my alma mater and my university, but obviously we have enough confidence in what we do and you don’t just look at one single stat."
"I know we dwell upon and everyone dwells upon it, but the reality is is this is a team game. People ask all kind of questions. Why is this the best sport known to man? Because it is a team sport. It is more like life. If something happens to one of your buddies and he doesn’t pick you up, do you de-friend him for the rest of his life? Things like that – that’s what you learn from this. The examples we set for our guys are the same examples we want to live our life by. You can’t worry."
"There was a bombing in the World Trade Center a few years ago, you never want to fly again? What are you going to do? I know that’s comparing two different things, but the reality is you have to have confidence in what you do and believe in what you do, and whatever happens, happens."Embattled Ohio State defensive coordinator Luke Fickell hasn't always been the best at speaking off the cuff. And when it comes to indirectly being asked about one's own job security, it's hard to blame him for coming a bit unraveled. Still, to try and make an analogy to never flying again due to 9/11 is probably a line he could've done without. Now we understand why Jim Tressel never actually directly answered anything.