Reports: Cincinnati’s Fickell says no to Michigan State

Cincinnati’s Luke Fickell turned down the head coaching position at Michigan State, multiple outlets reported Monday.Fickell interviewed for the opening created by Mark Dantonio’s sudden departure last week, but he reportedly has opted to remain with the Bearcats after discussions with his family.Fickell, 46, met with Spartans athletic director Bill Beekman in Cincinnati on Sunday.Fickell has compiled a 26-13 record with two bowl appearances in three seasons with the Bearcats, including consecutive 11-win seasons in 2018 and 2019. Prior to that, he had extensive experience in the Big Ten as a former Ohio State defensive tackle and longtime Buckeyes assistant coach.He also was Ohio State’s interim coach in 2011 after Jim Tressel’s resignation amid NCAA violations. The Buckeyes finished 6-7.Dantonio, 63, stepped down down after 13 seasons in East Lansing as the winningest coach in Michigan State history. The two-time Big Ten Coach of the Year led the Spartans to a 114-57 record with 11 bowl appearances. The Spartans also played in a College Football Playoff semifinal in 2015 — a 38-0 loss to eventual champion Alabama.