Cincinnati to hire Ohio State DC Luke Fickell as head coach
It wouldn’t be an offseason without an Ohio State coordinator leaving Columbus to become a head coach.
On Saturday, Luke Fickell continued that trend.
The longtime Buckeye assistant and current defensive coordinator is expected to become Cincinnati’s new head coach, according to ESPN and multiple reports. He’ll take over for Tommy Tuberville, who was fired last Sunday.
Fickell was rumored to be the favorite for the job throughout the week and some expected the Bearcats to announce the hire yesterday. But that speculation was confirmed on Saturday.
Fickell will finally get his shot as a head coach after a long run at Ohio State. He played for the Buckeyes from 1993-96, he spent a year as an OSU graduate assistant in 1999 and after a two-year stint at Akron, Fickell has been with the Buckeyes since 2002.
His various roles included special teams coordinator, linebackers coach, co-defensive coordinator and even interim head coach after Jim Tressel resigned amid an NCAA investigation regarding players trading autographs and memorabilia for tattoos and cash.
Urban Meyer kept Fickell on his staff when he took over in 2012 and he’s been a key member of the OSU foundation the last five years.
The question now is whether or not Fickell takes other OSU staffers with him, most notably special teams coordinator and cornerbacks coach Kerry Coombs.
UPDATE: It’s official.
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Also official is the fact that Fickell will remain with Ohio State through the team’s postseason run, which Tom Herman and Chris Ash both did when they took their respective head coach positions.