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Report: Cincinnati In Contract Discussions With Ohio State's Luke Fickell

Luke Fickell posing with Urban Meyer on Ohio State's staff.

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Luke Fickell to Cincinnati may be very far along. According to a report, the Ohio State defensive coordinator is in contract negotiations with the Bearcats.

This week, a number of reports have emerged that Luke Fickell, the long-time Ohio State assistant under Jim Tressel and Urban Meyer, is a leading candidate for the Bearcats opening. According to BearcatReport.com, Rivals' Cincinnati site, the two sides are currently in contract negotiations.

BearcatReport sources are reporting that Cincinnati and Ohio State Co-Defensive Coordinator Luke Fickell are in contract negotiations to make him the next head coach in the Queen City, though at this time it is unclear when the deal will be complete.

As anyone that followed the Lane Kiffin-Houston saga will tell you, however, nothing is final until it is officially announced. Yesterday, it looked like Kiffin to the Cougars was a done deal. This morning, the school unexpectedly announced the promotion of offensive coordinator Major Applewhite. And along those lines, ESPN's Adam Rittenberg reports that the two sides have not started negotiations.

So we'll keep you updated on what happens here. Earlier in the week, reports emerged that Fickell would bring along defensive backs coach Kerry Coombs to be his defensive coordinator, if he takes the Bearcats job.

Fickell began his coaching career in 1999 as a graduate assistant at Ohio State. He moved on to Akron, where he coached defensive line for two seasons, but returned to Ohio State in 2002, and has been in Columbus ever since. He served as the program's interim head coach in 2011, between Tressel's ouster and the hiring of Urban Meyer. The Buckeyes went 6-7 that season.

[Bearcat Report]