Greg Gillum served under both Jim Tressel and Urban Meyer at Ohio State, starting as an assistant recruiting coordinator and working his way up to the major role of director of football operations by 2009. In 2015, he left football for a job in the Columbus school system, but he’s set to return to work for a familiar coach: Cincinnati head coach Luke Fickell.
Fickell is among the others to transition from Tressel’s staff to Meyer. He had a year as Ohio State’s interim head coach in the middle, after Tressel resigned following the team’s tattoo scandal. Fickell eventually landed the Cincinnati head coaching job in 2016.
It has been a pretty perfect fit thus far. He’s 26–13 with the Bearcats, and has won 11 games in back-to-back seasons. He’s been up for a few Power Five head coaching opportunities, including Michigan State and West Virginia, but he seems poised to wait out another perfect opportunity rather than leave a very good situation in Cincinnati.
Now, he’s bringing back Greg Gillum, who he worked with for a decade in Columbus. According to FootballScoop, he joins as the program’s chief of staff. Building Cincinnati as a mini-Ohio State in the AAC has worked out well so far. This is another step in that development.
Greg Gillum back working with Luke Fickell…. https://t.co/j7VpVed9Cj
— FootballScoop Staff (@FootballScoop) July 9, 2020
Gillum left Ohio State and the world of college football to help students in the city of Columbus. Per The Columbus Dispatch, he was hired to administer a mentorship program in the city.
At the time, it sounds like that it was a professionally enriching move for him.
“You know when you get to a certain age, you wonder if you made a difference or if you made as big a difference as you could,” Gillum said. “Earlier in my career, I was worried about the destination and climbing the ladder. Once you climb the ladder, you want to stay on top.
“My eyes have been opened. I was living in a sheltered place having worked in the university world. Now I’ve been back in the publication education world, and you see the battles of home life and the challenges people fight on a day-to-day basis. It puts life in perspective for you.”
Cincinnati has thrived on the field and Fickell has done a great job in recruiting his home state. Adding Gillum, another person with deep knowledge of Ohio football, certainly can’t hurt.
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