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Pizza delivery driver claims he was fired for criticizing Ohio State’s defense to coach’s wife

A man claims he was fired from his pizza delivery job for criticizing Ohio State’s defense to the wife of Buckeyes defensive coordinator Luke Fickell.

The man, who is a college student and was working at Iacono’s in Shawnee Hills, Ohio, reportedly told WSYX in Columbus that he delivered a pizza to Fickell’s wife two days before the Sept. 29 Ohio State-Michigan State football game.

The man says he told Fickell’s wife that the team needed better tackling and that she laughed. He says the comment was made over the phone while he was taking the order, not when he made the delivery.

She apparently didn’t find the joke too funny; the man says he was fired from his job the next day after Fickell’s wife called the restaurant and said she would never order another pizza from them again.

The pizza place would not comment on the report.

Ohio State gave the following response to WSYX:

“An OSU Athletics spokesman says it would not be uncommon for a consumer to register a complaint with a retail manager over a negative experience, if the Fickells did indeed have such a discussion. It is unfortunate that this individual has lost his job, but the responsibility for this should not rest with the Fickell family.”

Looks like the delivery man learned a lesson about sticking to business matters while on the job. This is easily the oddest fired employee story since this one.

Incidentally, Ohio State won that game 17-16 and is 6-0 on the season.

Helmet smack to Off the Bench

Luke Fickell on Urban Meyer Reports: There Is a Game on Saturday and My Ass Will be There

Several reports over the last few days have said Urban Meyer has agreed to become the next head coach at Ohio State. Sports by Brooks reported last week that Meyer planned to retain current head coach Luke Fickell on his staff in Columbus. Fickell was asked about the coaching reports at his Wednesday press conference, but he was in no mood to discuss them.

“It’s not about that and I’m going to have enough respect for this football game to make sure it’s about this football game. I don’t think this is the time or the place. This is the most-historic rivalry in college football and sports in general. We’re going to talk about the football game, we’re going to stress the football game, that’s the most-important thing. I don’t care what the situation is. That’s the way we’ve talked in our offices, that’s the focus we’ve got and that’s what we’re going to continue to move forward with.”

Fickell was asked point-blank if he’s been told that any decision has been made.

“I’ve been told there’s a game at noon on Saturday, and my ass will be there.”

All these spin games are ridiculous. If Urb is going to be the next coach, what’s the harm in announcing it? They don’t want to distract the coaches and players before the Michigan game? Too late for that. I don’t know how focused the Buckeyes will be for the rivalry game, but that was such a money quote by Fickell we had to post it.