Luke Fickell leaves UC to be head coach at Wisconsin

RAVENS LOSS. MUCH MORE ON THE BENGALS AHEAD. NOW WE NEED TO TURN OUR ATTENTION BACK TO THE HUGE NEWS THAT WILL SHAKE UP THE COLLEGE FOOTBALL LANDSCAPE. IT ALL STEMS ON UC’S CAMPUS. LUKE FICKELL IS HEADING BACK TO THE BIG TEN TO TAKE OVER THE REINS IN WISCONSIN. WE DID HEAR THAT LUKE FICKELL REPORTEDLY MET WITH HIS PLAYERS THIS AFTERNOON NOTIFYING THEM HE WOULD BE LEAVING THE PROGRAM. IN THE SIX SEASONS, HE LED THE BEARCATS TO 57 WINS, JUST 18 LOSSES, AND OF COURSE THE PROGRAM FIRST AND BEST COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYOFF APPEARANCE JUST LAST YEAR. LUKE FICKELL AGAIN HEADING BACK TO THE PROGRAM HE PLAYED IN AND LAST COACHED IN BEFORE HEADING TO UC WE ALSO LEARNED KERRY COOMBS WILL TAKE OVER AS THE INTERIM HEAD COACH THE BEARCATS AS THEY AWAIT THEIR BOWL BID LIKELY TO COME THIS COMING WEEK. COOMBS IS CURRENTLY THE SPECIAL TEAMS AND CORNERS COACH.

Luke Fickell leaves UC to be head coach at Wisconsin

Cincinnati head football coach Luke Fickell is leaving the Bearcats to take the head coaching job at the University of Wisconsin, WLWT has confirmed. According to Sports Illustrated’s Pat Forde, cornerbacks and special teams coach Kerry Coombs has been named as UC’s interim head coach. Fickell, the winningest head coach in Bearcat history, went 57-18 in 75 games at UC, taking the Bearcats to five-straight bowlgames. Bowl trips include a New Year’s Six appearance in the 2021 Peach Bowl and the Cotton Bowl as part of the 2022 College Football Playoff. Wisconsin, who went 6-6 this year, saw head coach Paul Chryst get fired after starting the year 2-3 . This year was just the second time under Chryst the Badgers failed to win eight games, though the program hasn’t won 10 games for three straight years, a streak not seen since the 2001-2004 seasons, all under Barry Alvarez. A native of Columbus, Fickell is familiar with the Big Ten: he played four years for Ohio State before returning to the Buckeyes as a position coach in 2002 and stayed on staff until 2016, including serving as interim head coach in 2011, where he went 6- 7 and led the Buckeyes to a 33-29 win over a 12th-ranked Wisconsin team at The Horseshoe. Since taking over at UC in 2017, 17 Bearcats have been taken in the NFL draft, including a program-record nine players selected this past. year. This is a developing story and will be updated.

Cincinnati head football coach Luke Fickell is leaving the Bearcats to take the head coaching job at the University of Wisconsin, WLWT has confirmed.

According to Sports Illustrated’s Pat Fordecornerbacks and special teams coach Kerry Coombs has been named as UC’s interim head coach.

Fickell, the winningest head coach in Bearcat history, went 57-18 in 75 games at UC, taking the Bearcats to five straight bowl games. Bowl trips include a New Year’s Six appearance in the 2021 Peach Bowl and the Cotton Bowl as part of the 2022 College Football Playoff.

Wisconsin, who went 6-6 this year, saw head coach Paul Chryst get fired after starting the year 2-3. This year was just the second time under Chryst the Badgers failed to win eight games, though the program hasn’t won 10 games for three straight years, a streak not seen since the 2001-2004 seasons, all under Barry Alvarez.

A native of Columbus, Fickell is familiar with the Big Ten: he played four years for Ohio State before returning to the Buckeyes as a position coach in 2002 and stayed on staff until 2016, including serving as interim head coach in 2011, where he went. 6-7 and led the Buckeyes to a 33-29 win over a 12th-ranked Wisconsin team at The Horseshoe.

Since taking over at UC in 2017, 17 Bearcats have been taken in the NFL draft, including a program-record nine players selected this past year.

This is a developing story and will be updated.

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