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Luke Fickell agrees with the fired pizza guy that the Ohio State defense needs work

Graham Watson
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Last week, an unnamed pizza delivery guy claimed that Amy Fickell, wife of Ohio State defensive coordinator Luke Fickell, got him fired for making comments about the Buckeyes' defense.

"I said, we really should improve on our tackling because it's really bad right now and she had laughed," the delivery guy told Fox28.

Fickell and his family have refuted claims-- through an athletic department spokesman -- that they got the pizza guy canned, and Monday, Fickell offered his first public thoughts on the situation.

"Nothing needs to be said. Remember this, our whole philosophy is don't whine, don't complain, don't make excuses," Fickell said. "I think I said it a million times last year. My 5-year-olds know that, my wife knows that, we're all in the same boat, we would never whine and we would never complain.

"I actually agree with him."

Fickell agrees with the pizza guy? Well, that's refreshing considering the Buckeyes gave up 49 points to Indiana last weekend.

The defense has been miserable this season. It ranks 69th in total defense, allowing 400 yards per game, and 53rd nationally in scoring defense, allowing 24.57 points per game.

It's the worst Ohio State defensive performance since the Buckeyes finished the 1999 season No. 54 in total defense (362.3 ypg) and 48th in scoring defense (23.9 ppg).

Despite being right and Fickell agreeing that the Buckeye's defense needs to play better, the pizza guy is still out of a job. Not sure Fickell acknowledging what the rest of the country already knew is going to be any sort of consolation.

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