Cincinnati Bearcats head coach Luke Fickell’s title has been thrown round as extra teaching jobs have change into open, however they’ve all been rumors up to this point — he made it clear his focus was profitable a championship with the Bearcats.
As many faculty teaching positions have been crammed, NFL.com’s Tom Pelissero reports that Fickell has been on the radar of NFL groups even earlier than the beginning of this season.
The 48-year-old is anticipated to be within the combine for NFL teaching jobs through the upcoming hiring cycle and interviewed with the Detroit Lions final 12 months earlier than the crew employed Dan Campbell — so he has no less than proven curiosity within the NFL up to now — Pelissero studies.
“However his wonderful fame as a pacesetter of males throughout 15 years on employees at Ohio State and the previous 5 years with the upstart Bearcats makes him intriguing, in a lot the identical means Titans coach Mike Vrabel rose from the identical Buckeyes employees,” Pelissero writes.
Fickell spent one season on injured reserve as a participant with the New Orleans Saints in 1997, however has by no means coached within the league.
Practically all the highest faculty jobs that opened just lately have been crammed, except Oklahoma. Would it not make sense for Fickell to go away for the professionals if he can virtually choose his subsequent faculty cease?
“Large cash is flying on the faculty degree now, with Brian Kelly most just lately getting a 10-year, $100 million pact to leave Notre Dame for LSU. Michigan State’s Mel Tucker [$95 million] and Penn State’s James Franklin [$85 million] also cashed in recently on 10-year offers,” Pelissero writes. “That modifications the calculus for faculty coaches who’ve drawn NFL curiosity, reminiscent of Lincoln Riley, who recently left Oklahoma for his own nine-figure contract at USC, and Iowa State’s Matt Campbell, who has spoken lately with the Lions and New York Jets and drawn curiosity from high-powered faculty packages as properly.”
Whereas it isn’t clear if Cincinnati has the monetary means to entice Fickell to signal an extension, we do know Fickell is targeted on winning a championship together with his crew for now.