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Fickell: Titles are secondary

After practice on Tuesday, linebackers coach / defensive coordinator Luke Fickell was scheduled to meet with the media for the only time during preseason camp.

Fickell noticed that the media was still busy asking offensive coordinator Tom Herman questions, so he attempted to slip past everyone unnoticed. Definitely a change of pace from his post practice routine a season ago as the interim head coach.

Being able to see things from a head coaches perspective last season, Fickell feels that he is now in a better position to appreciate being able to focus his energy on his assistant coaching duties.

It’s getting back into the things you love to do. Where’s your focus? You can switch sides of the ball, switch positions, and you always have to focus yourself back to what you’re doing."

“If you worry about too many things outside of what you have control over, it’s very difficult. So whatever your job is, that’s what your focus is. The ability to stay on task and do that is the key. That’s maybe what I learned the most.”

For Fickell, it's all about being around the players that he has helped bring into the program and teaching them through football. Titles are secondary.

"You have to find what's exciting and what you have a passion for. Coaching, this is what I love, yes. It doesn't matter if you're coaching or you're helping out academics, you're a strength coach or the head coach or you're an assistant coach, helping these young people has to be one of your passions."

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