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Luke Fickell Got Emotional Following Cincinnati's Loss Today

Luke Fickell at the Cotton Bowl.

ARLINGTON, TX - DECEMBER 26: Cincinnati head coach Luke Fickell gives a virtual press conference on the team's arrival to Dallas ahead of the Goodyear Cotton Bowl CFP Semifinal Game on December 26, 2021, at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX. (Photo by John Bunch/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Cincinnati's magical season came to an end on Friday night, losing to Alabama in the Cotton Bowl Classic.

Following the Bearcats' loss, head coach Luke Fickell addressed the year that his players had. Fickell couldn't help but get emotional when talking about this team's accomplishments.

"We have the opportunity to step back here and reflect more and recognize where it is that we've come from," Fickell said. "And I mean that in the last five years, and I mean it with this group of guys. I don't know if I can see it or think about it right in the midst of this. But I promise you my wife will make me try to take a few deep breaths tonight and realize where these guys have taken us."

It's incredible to think that Cincinnati was 4-8 back in 2017. Fickell was able to transform the program into a legitimate contender in just four years.

Of course, Fickell wanted to end this season with a national title. Just because the Bearcats came up short of that goal doesn't mean this year was a failure.

Not only did Cincinnati go undefeated in the regular season, it proved that a Group of Five team could make the College Football Playoff.

Take a bow, Luke Fickell.