Sources: Wisconsin settling offer to employ Fickell
11:12 AM ET Pete ThamelESPN Wisconsin is completing an offer to make Luke Fickell the school’s next football coach
, sources informed ESPN.While there a couple of actions staying– including a regents fulfilling Sunday afternoon that’s been formally announced– an offer is anticipated to be formalized to make Fickell the next Badgers coach within the next 24 hours.Fickell has actually notified his Cincinnati Bearcats group that he is leaving for the Wisconsin job, sources informed ESPN’s Adam Rittenberg.Sources informed ESPN that all the candidates for the Wisconsin position, consisting of interim coach Jim Leonhard, have actually been notified that they’re not getting the job. That sets the stage for one of the most eye-opening relocations of the college football carousel, Wisconsin luring the country’s top Group of 5 coach who brings huge experience in the Big Ten’s Midwestern footprint.Fickell led Cincinnati to the College Football Playoff last season and has actually gone 57-18 in his 6 years there. Fickell’s 2021 Bearcats group went 13-0 prior to losing to Alabama in the College Football Playoff, ending up being
the first Group of 5 group to reach the CFP.Fickell has strong roots in the Big 10, as he was a long time assistant coach and coordinator at Ohio State and played there collegiately. He ‘d been choosy about tasks throughout the years as Cincinnati increased to the top of the Group of 5, being selective about the Midwestern footprint.Fickell would replace Paul Chryst, who was fired in the middle of the season after going 67-26 in 8 seasons there. He had actually been changed by Jim Leonhard, who had been the defensive planner and was thought about a candidate for the head-coaching job.Fickell’s tourist attraction
to the Badgers’ brass, along with his record and roots in the league, is his capability to develop a program. Fickell turned Cincinnati into among the country’s finest advancement programs, taking modest recruits and consistently producing strong teams.The Bearcats had actually 9 players picked in the 2022 NFL draft, which was 3rd behind just Georgia( 15) and LSU( 10 ). Fickell spent one season as an interim coach in the Big Ten, going 6-7 in 2011 in the wake of the firing of Jim Tressel at Ohio State. He stayed patient from there, working as the Buckeyes’defensive planner under Urban Meyer and winning a championship game in the 2014 season.