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Saturday, June 6, 2020

Reports: Luke Fickell is leading contender for Michigan State job

Luke Fickell

Michigan State is looking for a new head football coach after Mark Dantonio surprisingly stepped down on Tuesday, and Luke Fickell is being mentioned as a leading contender to replace him.

Numerous reporters have connected Fickell to the job. The Detroit Free Press said Fickell was described to them as a frontrunner for the job.

The Free Press’ Rainer Sabin also said he’s heard Fickell linked to the job.

While Michigan State might want to target Fickell, would the interest be reciprocal?

The Spartans have gone 7-6 in consecutive years and are in the same division as Ohio State, Michigan and Penn State. Fickell currently has Cincinnati looking better in recruiting than Michigan State.

Fickell went 4-8 in 2017, which was his first season at Cincinnati. He has followed with 11-2 and 11-3 seasons.

Schools will continue to have interest in him for coaching jobs as long as he keeps winning, so he may want to be very selective before leaving the Bearcats.

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