Cincinnati’s Luke Fickell turns down Michigan State HC offer

Nelson Chenault-USA TODAY Sports

The Michigan State Spartans are once again back to the drawing board in their attempt to replace recently retired former head football coach Mark Dantonio.

Former Ohio State interim head coach and longtime assistant Luke Fickell was seen as a front runner for the job this past weekend with others seemingly dropped from the search.

Unfortunately for Michigan State, Fickell has decided to stay with his current Cincinnati Bearcats team. He made the announcement on social media Monday morning.

The 47-year-old Fickell served as an assistant Ohio State from 2002-10 before taking over as their interim coach and leading the program to a 6-7 mark in 2011.

He then spent the next five seasons as the Buckeyes co-defensive coordinator before joining the Bearcats as their head coach in 2017. He’s coming off consecutive double-digit win seasons.

This latest attempt to find a long-term replacement for Dantonio has proven to be a failure for Michigan State. It’s not the first or second time this has happened to the program, either.