Cincinnati’s Luke Fickell has been officially named the new head coach at Wisconsin. The Ohio-native has significant Big Ten experience, having played and coached at Ohio State including a stint as interim head coach of the Buckeyes.
“I am incredibly excited to announce Luke Fickell as our new head football coach and to welcome his entire family to Madison,” AD Chris McIntosh said in a statement. “Luke is one of the top football coaches in the country. He is a proven winner, recruiter and developer of players. Equally as important, he shares our values. Coach Fickell is focused on giving our student-athletes the best opportunities possible and is attuned to the changing landscape of college athletics.”
Fickell built an impressive resume with the Bearcats, having gone to five-straight bowl games and reaching the CFB Playoff a year ago. He leaves with a 57-18 (35-11) overall record and a reputation as one of the best coaches in college football.
“My family and I are thrilled to join the Wisconsin family,” Fickell said in the release. “This is a destination job at a program that I have admired from afar for years. I am in total alignment with Chris McIntosh’s vision for this program. There is a tremendous foundation here that I can’t wait to build upon. This world-class university, athletic department and passionately loyal fan base all have a strong commitment to success and I can’t wait to be a part of it.”
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