Do you feel ready to be a head coach, especially at Ohio State and especially now?
LF: It's an exciting time. It's under trying circumstances. But how else do you do it? At some point in time it has to be your first. People say you don't start with your first coaching job at a place like Ohio State. But why not?
SI: YOU WERE AN ASSISTANT FOR YEARS AT OHIO STATE. DID YOU THINK ABOUT LEAVING TO ADVANCE YOUR CAREER?
LF: IT WOULD HAVE BEEN HARD FOR ME TO LEAVE. THIS IS AN UNBELIEVABLE PLACE. I WANTED TO BE HERE AS LONG AS I COULD.
As a scrappy, undersized Buckeyes nose-guard, you were known for your will and determination. Do you value those traits?
LF: I grew up a wrestler, and I really believe it's something you learn [on the mat]. You're one-on-one. You have to figure out if you're good or not. There's nobody to blame, nobody to point a finger at. That's how I grew up.
What's your coaching style, in a word?
Will you have a specific sideline sartorial style à la Coach Tressel's sweater vest?
LF: No. Nothing special. If you know me, it's not about anything fancy. This isn't like the first day you become a doctor and you make your rounds, you think about putting on those scrubs. This is all about going to work.