Michigan State Hiring Luke Fickell As Next Head Coach
Is Michigan State hiring Luke Fickell as its next head coach?
Following Mark Dantonio’s abrupt retirement, Fickell appears to be the favorite to land his job.
Fickell has been Cincinnati’s head coach for the past three years, recording a 26-13 record in the process.
Over the past two years, Fickell has won 11 games on both occasions.
Many believe he would be the perfect person to step into the void left behind by Dantonio.
Dantonio served as Michigan State’s head coach for 13 years before his sudden retirement on Tuesday.
“There have been so many amazing life moments in the last 13 years,” he said of the decision.
“When I reflect, I think of our Big Ten championship games, our Big Ten Championships, the big games, the playoffs, the bowl wins, the moments, the milestones, the graduates, the NFL opportunities and finally, and perhaps most importantly, the relationships made.
“This job has always been a 24/7, 365 day-a-year position. There is no down time and it is filled with the demands and challenges of managing games, players, coaches, recruits, donors, staff, media, an enthusiastic fan base and competition at the very highest level.
“I will miss it all but feel the sacrifices that I have made away from my family must now become my priority at this time in my life,” he continued.
“My plan is stay on within the university and athletic department in a role involving special projects, especially transitioning our players, both current and incoming, to their next challenges.
“It has truly been an honor and a privilege to serve as the head football coach at Michigan State University. I will forever be a Spartan.”
Who will Michigan State ultimately hire to replace Dantonio? Time will tell.