Wisconsin has reportedly found its next football coach.
Fickell led the Bearcats to a 57-18 record over six seasons, including a College Football Playoff appearance in 2021. They finished this season 9-3.
Others are disappointed for Jim Leonhard, who won four of seven games when replacing Paul Chryst as Wisconsin's interim head coach. Some thought the former Badgers defensive back earned the position.
Instead, Fickell will return to the Big Ten. The former Ohio State offensive lineman spent 14 years at his alma mater, including a stint as the interim coach in 2011, before accepting the Cincinnati job in 2017.
Assuming the program makes the hiring official, Fickell will look to rejuvenate the Badgers after a disappointing 6-6 season.