Coaching carousel: Luke Fickell reportedly has a decision made for 2022
As undefeated No. 4 Cincinnati strives to be the first team from the Group of Five to qualify for the College Football Playoff, it appears coach Luke Fickell will remain with the program for the foreseeable future.
CBS Sports’ Dennis Dodd is reporting that recruits are being informed that Fickell is staying. There have been a number of vacancies reportedly interested in Fickell this season, including at USC:
Hearing that Luke Fickell is staying at Cincinnati. Recruits being told such.
— Dennis Dodd (@dennisdoddcbs) November 24, 2021
Fickell has coached at Cincinnati since 2017, having previously served as an interim coach and assistant in various roles at Ohio State. The 48-year-old Fickell has amassed a 52-21 record as a coach. The Bearcats have won 20 of their last 21 games.
AAC leading Cincinnati is coming off a convincing 48-14 victory vs. SMU. The Bearcats knocked off then-No. 9 Notre Dame on the road on Oct. 2. Cincinnati, who posted a 9-1 record last season as well, will join the Big 12 no later than 2024.
The Bearcats will conclude the regular season with a road contest at East Carolina in Week 13. Cincinnati-East Carolina is slated for Nov. 26 (3:30 p.m. EST) and will be televised on ABC.