Luke Fickell reaction: Fans, media react to reported hiring of HC by Wisconsin
Luke Fickell is reported to take over as head coach of Wisconsin following the conclusion of the regular season. It was speculated that Fickell would take over, and several sources reported he would take the job Sunday.
Fickell had an outstanding run with Cincinnati from 2017-2022, leading the Bearcats to their first College Football Playoff appearance in 2021.
The news also came as a shock to some, as many believed interim head coach Jim Leonhard would be hired as head coach. Leonhard took over for Paul Chryst, who was fired after a 2-3 start. Leonhard was able to forge a decent season, leading the Badgers to a 6-6 record.
Chryst had a 67-26 record in his time at Wisconsin and led the Badgers to 4 10-win seasons, including a 13-1 season in 2017 with a win in the Orange Bowl.
Fans and media reacted to the huge news on social media Sunday.
If Matt Rhule is getting $9 million then Luke Fickell at $6 million would be highway robbery https://t.co/bX0Ik1bv1M
— RedditCFB (@RedditCFB) November 27, 2022
All reports are saying that Luke Fickell’s gonna be announced as the next coach for Wisconsin later today.
HUGE congrats to both parties.. we chatted with him about the reality of being a GREAT head coach in the college football world in 2022 a couple weeks back.. GOOD DUDE. pic.twitter.com/dzF4KxbiJR
— Pat McAfee (@PatMcAfeeShow) November 27, 2022
Big Ten adding Matt Rhule and Luke Fickell is a reminder of the money and resource difference in that conference that will continue to grow. https://t.co/I0YULIFU7n
— Chris Vannini (@ChrisVannini) November 27, 2022
Two quick thoughts on the Luke Fickell rumors:
1. Homerun hire. If he’s truly interested, you won’t get a better candidate.
2. Holy shit do I feel bad for Jim Leonhard
— Coach Riley (@BadgersRiley) November 27, 2022
Let me be clear: If Wisconsin hires Luke Fickell as HC, then it’s clearly a long-term picture.
Would be a major move to change the culture with player development, recruiting, and more.
Short-term future becomes more of an afterthought with the magnitude of the move.#Badgers
— Rohan Chakravarthi (@RohanChakrav) November 27, 2022
If Luke Fickell is signing w/Wisconsin that’s a monster hire for the Badgers.
Fickell gets to keep doing everything he’s doing now w/double the resources and clout. pic.twitter.com/tHeDLASG2R
— Mark Schipper – 5th Down CFB (@5thDownCFB) November 27, 2022
WI has had the same formula for 32 years. With the hiring of Luke Fickell puts an end to that. You never know if Luke will have success at WI or not as any coaching hire is a crapshoot, but it does end the Barry A. vision of that program.
— RIP Big Ten Divisions Starting in 2024 (@Genetics56) November 27, 2022
I think there's a very small list of guys you hire above Jim Leonhard.
Luke Fickell is either 1A or 1B.#Badgers
— Evan Flood (@Evan_Flood) November 27, 2022
Luke Fickell is huge for this program! It is now time to EXPECT greatness!
— Travis Beckum (@TravisBeckum47) November 27, 2022
It’s ok to feel terrible for Jim Leonhard and also be excited about hiring Luke Fickell
— AJ Donaldson (@AJdonaldson_1) November 27, 2022
Wisconsin having everyone think that they’ll just promote the interim, only to pick off Luke Fickell out of nowhere, is some cold-blooded stuff
— Justin Ferguson (@JFergusonAU) November 27, 2022