By Jim Baird | AM Football Briefing | Sunday, December 11
Fickell to Coach Cincinnati (After Playoffs): The deal is done, the ink is dry — the 42nd head coach at Cincinnati will be Luke Fickell. Fickell will take the helm after Ohio State’s playoff run is over. It will be a strange sight to see Fickell, who has spent 17 of the past 18 years coaching the Buckeyes, on another sideline. After his stellar playing career for Ohio State, Fickell joined OSU’s coaching staff as a GA in 1999, then went on to coach the defensive line, special teams, and linebackers. He eventually rose to the role of defensive coordinator, and — in 2011 — interim head coach. Urban released a statement praising Fickell’s work at OSU, “Today is a proud day for Ohio State and Buckeye Nation with the news of Luke Fickell becoming head coach at the University of Cincinnati. Few have invested as much time and effort and passion into Ohio State and its football program than Luke. We all knew this day was coming. Now that it is upon us, I want to thank Luke for being such a terrific coach, mentor and person. And I wish him, Amy and their young family all the best as they begin this new journey.”
Can the Cleveland Browns extend their winless streak to 0-13? We’ll find out today at 1:00 as they host Cincinnati (4-7-1). The Bengals are a 5.5 point favorite. Thanks for clicking on The Buckeye Daily — the Ohio State morning football briefing the press, program and fans read, edited by Sporting News college football reporter Jim Baird. Know someone who would appreciate this e-mail? Sign up here or send me a line email@example.com. And join the squad following on Twitter @buckeyedaily.
1) Assistant coach Kerry Coombs says he’s staying with Buckeyes, Bill Rabinowitz, Columbus Dispatch – December 10
2) Who could Ohio State target to replace Luke Fickell?, Matt Brown, Land-Grant Holy Land – December 10
3) How will Luke Fickell do at Cincinnati, how will Urban Meyer replace him?, Doug Lesmerises, Plain Dealer – December 11
4) Former Ohio State Linebacker Marcus Freeman Will Join Luke Fickell at Cincinnati, Kevin Harrish, Eleven Warriors – December 10