Cincinnati football coach Fickell has agreed to a new contract through 2028 that will pay him $5 million per year, pending approval from Cincinnati’s board of trustees. The school is also expected to up the staff salary pool to $5.2 million, a bump of more than $1.4 million.
“I appreciate the efforts of [athletic director] John Cunningham and president [Neville G.] Pinto, who realize in order for us to take the next step to grow the program and go to the Big 12 that we have to invest in people, not just the head coach,” Fickell told ESPN on Monday night.
Fickell has led Cincinnati to back-to-back undefeated regular seasons. The Bearcats’ only two losses in the past two years came to Georgia in the Peach Bowl and Alabama in the College Football Playoff. In five seasons at Cincinnati, Fickell is 48-15, which includes the 22-2 record and two conference championships the past two years.
The deal, pending approval by UC Board of Trustees on Feb. 22, runs thru 2028 and pays $5 mil a year, according to sources.
— Justin Williams (@Williams_Justin) February 14, 2022
BREAKING NEWS: Luke Fickell has agreed on a $5 million per year contract extension with the Cincinnati Bearcats through 2028 pic.twitter.com/DOucq70tUZ
— Barstool Cincinnati (@UCBarstool) February 14, 2022