Cincinnati awards coach Luke Fickell contract extension through 2028

Rising college football coaching star Luke Fickell doesn’t seem to be going anywhere anytime soon. The Cincinnati Bearcats coach told The Athletic on Monday that he has agreed to a new contract with the university that will pay him $5 million a year through the 2028 season.

Fickell, 48, has served as Cincinnati’s head coach since 2017 and has led the program to all-time highs. The Bearcats are 48-15 during his tenure (44-7 the past four seasons) and became the first team from a non-Power Five conference to make the college football playoffs.

Following the Bearcats’ run to the CFB playoffs, Fickell was expected to be a top candidate for several top coaching vacancies, including USC, our LadyOklahoma, LSU and even NFL job postings.

Instead, Fickell is expected to stay in Cincinnati for the foreseeable future as the Bearcats prepare to join the Big 12. Cincinnati is expected to join the conference with BYU, Central Florida and Houston in 2023 or 2024.

Cincinnati’s 2021 season ended with a 27-6 loss to Alabama in the Cotton Bowl.

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