Luke Fickell did an interview with CBS Sports and gave a quote about USC athletic director Mike Bohn.
“I really like Mike [Bohn],” Fickell said. “There are guys at places where there is bad blood. There’s none here. It’s not just because he hired me. He was an AD who played the game, too. So for a coach in general, that’s a good thing in a lot of situations.”
I don’t read too much into this. Fickell (or any coach) is not going to criticize an AD who might offer him a job.
The question is whether Fickell would take the USC job. At the moment, it seems very debatable that he would want it.