Luke Fickell is one of the best head coaches in college football, but he had a questionable late-game performance against Georgia.
Cincinnati lost to Georgia, 24-21, in the Peach Bowl on Friday afternoon.
The Bearcats led for most of the conference, but fell apart late, losing to the Bulldogs on a game-winning field goal attempt.
Cincinnati made some questionable clock-management decisions late, deciding to go for a deep pass attempt on its final possession. The pass was incomplete, leaving a lot of time left on the clock for Georgia to go on its game-winning drive.
Fickell has had an incredible year, but he’s facing a lot of criticism on Friday afternoon.
Cincinnati’s loss is 100 percent on Luke Fickell. Atrocious clock management.
— Kyle Rowland (@KyleRowland) January 1, 2021
Luke Fickell bailing out Kirby Smart.
— Unnecessary Roughness (@UnnecRoughness) January 1, 2021
Luke Fickell lost Cincinnati this game. Cannot believe he passed on 3rd and 2 with zero Georgia timeouts.
— OT (@OTBuckeye) January 1, 2021
Fickell is still being praised for his job at Cincinnati, though. The Bearcats’ head coach, who starred collegiately at Ohio State, will likely have his pick of a top Power 5 job in the years to come.
“Luke Fickell is so good. He will be running a power 5 team as soon as he wants to be,” Matt Miller tweeted.
Luke Fickell is so good. He will be running a power 5 team as soon as he wants to be.
— Matt Miller (@nfldraftscout) January 1, 2021
NFL insider Albert Breer suggests he could land an NFL job, too.
“Luke Fickell’s gonna be a fun NFL candidate soon. Has done a tremendous job at Cincinnati, and I had one team draw a Celtics-hiring-Brad-Stevens comp on him,” he reports.
Luke Fickell's gonna be a fun NFL candidate soon. Has done a tremendous job at Cincinnati, and I had one team draw a Celtics-hiring-Brad-Stevens comp on him. https://t.co/JFO3EZDThd
— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) January 1, 2021
For now, though, Fickell and Cincinnati will mourn a loss Peach Bowl loss.