Akron Coach Scolds Fickell At Midfield After Game

Akron football coach Rob Ianello scolded rookie Ohio State football coach Luke Fickell at midfield after the Buckeyes shutout the Zips 42-0 today in Columbus.

Akron Coach Rob Ianello scolds Ohio State Luke Fickell for poor sportsmanship after OSU 42-0 win over Zip

(Video Credit: ESPN / ESPN3.com)

Moments before the customary postgame handshake between the coaches, Fickell chose to run out the clock with three consecutive running plays with Ohio State running back Carlos Hyde as the ball carrier. ESPN broadcaster Chris Spielman noted at the time that it appeared Ohio State was attempting to give Hyde a chance to reach 100 yards rushing for the game. Spielman:

“It’s interesting you have Carlos Hyde in the football game. Let me tell you the reason why. I think they’re (Ohio State) trying to get him 100 yards. .. It’d be nice to get Hyde 100 yards.”

Hyde finished with 93 yards on 19 carries with his final three rushing attempts - spanning the final 1:41 of the game - netting only seven yards.

When Akron Coach Ianello and Ohio State Coach Fickell met at midfield Ianello said to Fickell:

“I don’t think that’s real good sportsmanship but good luck the rest of the year.”

Before Fickell could respond, Ianello abruptly brushed past the rookie Buckeyes coach, who moments later was seen saying something unpleasant, though unintelligible, in Ianello’s direction.

The exchange was aired live on ESPN-TV and ESPN3.com.

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