Luke Fickell confirms he's staying at Cincinnati on Twitter
In case you didn’t believe the initial reports that Luke Fickell turned down the job at Michigan State, the Cincinnati head coach confirmed his decision with a tweet on Monday morning.
Shortly after Pete Thamel of Yahoo Sports reported that Fickell passed on the opportunity to take the job in East Lansing, the Bearcats leader tweeted out confirmation that he’ll be staying in Cincinnati. He used a video to confirm his decision:
Looking forward to more of this in 2020!
— Luke Fickell (@CoachFick) February 10, 2020
Four candidates have now turned down the chance at the job/opportunity to be interviewed. Pitt’s Pat Narduzzi, Iowa State’s Matt Campbell and Colorado’s Mel Tucker all separated themselves from the coaching search in East Lansing and plan on staying with their current programs.
Fickell’s decision to turn down the job comes as somewhat of a surprise, as he and former head coach Mark Dantonio had a strong relationship. He was also considered to be the top candidate for the job and it seemed like Michigan State would do what it could to bring the longtime Ohio State assistant to East Lansing.
Rather than head to Michigan State, Fickell will be preparing for his fourth season at Cincinnati.