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Sport Michigan State football and Luke Fickell: Here's the latest

10:00  10 february  2020
10:00  10 february  2020 Source:   freep.com

Michigan State football coach Mark Dantonio retires after 13 seasons

  Michigan State football coach Mark Dantonio retires after 13 seasons Mark Dantonio went 115-57 as Michigan State Spartans head football coach from 2007-19, winning the Rose Bowl in 2013 and making the Playoff in 2015

Michigan State football coach Mark Dantonio resigned Tuesday, and Cincinnati' s Luke Fickell is the top candidate for the opening, according “Today marks one of the most difficult decisions that I have ever made here at Michigan State ,” Dantonio said Tuesday in a statement released on social media.

Cincinnati head coavch Luke Fickell interviewed for the Michigan State job on Sunday but not fly to East Lansing on the plane with MSU AD Bill Beekman. Michigan State is currently undergoing a search for its next head coach, which has naturally led College Football Twitter to tracking every flight

The Michigan State football coaching search will drag into Monday, multiple sources with knowledge of the situation told the Free Press on Sunday night.

MSU's search committee is expected to meet Monday, sources said. As of Sunday evening, MSU was not in a contract stage with any candidate.

Cincinnati football coach Luke Fickell is the front-runner to replace Mark Dantonio as MSU's coach, sources have said.

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Michigan State football coach Mark Dantonio resigned Tuesday, and Cincinnati ' s Luke Fickell is the top candidate for the opening , according to David Jesse of the Detroit Free Press. One of Cunningham' s initial top priorities was to reach an agreement with Fickell this offseason on a contract.

MSU athletic director Bill Beekman interviewed Fickell in Cincinnati on Sunday, but he returned to Capital Region International Airport in Lansing without a new head coach.

Alan Haller, Jen Smith and Glenn Sugiyama were seen exiting the private plane in Michigan. Haller and Smith are members of the athletic department. Sugiyama, an MSU graduate, is a managing partner and global sports practice leader for DHR International in Chicago and was hired to help guide the search.

Details of the interview with Fickell were not immediately available. On Sunday night, MSU board of trustees member Brian Mosallam followed Fickell on Twitter. The board of trustees is responsible for voting to approve the hire. The board's next meeting is Friday; however, it could elect to have an emergency meeting and vote before then.

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  Questions Michigan State must answer if the Spartans are to pull Luke Fickell from UC The conventional “where next, how much more” doesn’t apply to Cincinnati football coach Luke Fickell as easily as it does for most. And, while most every coach talks up family during recruiting and professional moves, Fickell’s wife Amy will be equally involved (perhaps more) in making decisions. Because while Fickell would certainly relish the opportunity to coach Ohio State or Notre Dame, he’s not likely to make a move to another program with potential moves down the road in mind.

Mel Tucker and Luke Fickell , the Bearcats' head coach since 2017, were expected to interview for the MSU job this weekend. Mel Tucker tweet suggests he's not leaving Colorado to become Michigan State head coach. While I am flattered to be considered for the HC job @MSU_ football , I am committed to @CUBuffsFootball Here ' s how XU's late surge lifted the Musketeers over Providence.

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Luke Fickell wearing a football uniform: Saturday, Sept. 9: vs. Cincinnati at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor. The Bearcats are coming off an abysmal 4-8 season, including losses in their final five games. They have since fired Tommy Tuberville as head coach and replaced him with Luke Fickell, who once coached Ohio State in the interim before Urban Meyer came aboard.© Kareem Elgazzar, AP Saturday, Sept. 9: vs. Cincinnati at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor. The Bearcats are coming off an abysmal 4-8 season, including losses in their final five games. They have since fired Tommy Tuberville as head coach and replaced him with Luke Fickell, who once coached Ohio State in the interim before Urban Meyer came aboard.

"Spartan Nation, I know how passionate you are and I love you for it," Mosallam tweeted Sunday night. "Let's pause and take a collective deep breath. Good night and Go Green!"

Fickell, 46, is 32-20 overall in four seasons as a head coach, the past three with the Bearcats. He has led them to a 26-13 record, including back-to-back 11-win seasons and victories over Power 5 opponents Virginia Tech and Boston College in bowl games the past two years.

Sources: Luke Fickell will not be Michigan State's next head coach

  Sources: Luke Fickell will not be Michigan State's next head coach The Cincinnati coach Luke Fickell has decided to stay with the program, according to sources familiar with the situation. Fickell interviewed with Michigan State officials at his home on Sunday morning and has widely been considered the favorite to replace his mentor, Mark Dantonio, as the Spartans head coach. So far, those known to have declined interest in the job include Colorado’s Mel Tucker, 49ers defensive coordinator Robert Saleh, Iowa State coach Matt Campbell and now Fickell. This doesn’t count the high-profile candidates that outside search firm executive Glenn Sugiyama, who is running the search, reached out to early on and they declined interest.

With Cincinnati football coach Luke Fickell reportedly interviewing with Michigan State this weekend, it’s easy to get sucked into a conventional line of thinking And here ’ s the thing about Fickell anyway: the conventional “where next, how much more” doesn’t apply to him as easily as it does for most.

With Cincinnati football coach Luke Fickell reportedly interviewing with Michigan State this weekend, it’s easy to get sucked into a conventional line of thinking And here ’ s the thing about Fickell anyway: the conventional “where next, how much more” doesn’t apply to him as easily as it does for most.

Fickell worked with Dantonio at Ohio State and was part of the Buckeyes’ 2003 national championship coaching staff as the special teams assistant, with Dantonio as defensive coordinator.

The Columbus native, who was the 2010 AFCA Assistant Coach of the Year, went 6-7 the season he took over at OSU as interim coach after Jim Tressel was forced to resign in 2011.

Fickell’s buyout dropped to $2 million on Dec. 31, per his six-year contract. He was set to make $2.4 million a year the next three years.

Dantonio retired Tuesday after 13 seasons as Michigan State's coach. He won three Big Ten titles, a Rose Bowl and made the College Football Playoff. He finished as the program's all-time leader in wins with 114.

MSU was expected to interview Colorado coach Mel Tucker over the weekend, in addition to Fickell. Tucker tweeted on Saturday he was staying with the Buffaloes for a second season.

This article originally appeared on Detroit Free Press: Michigan State football and Luke Fickell: Here's the latest

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