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Luke Fickell turns down Michigan State football head coaching job

Cincinnati head coach Luke Fickell looks on during a timeout during the first half of the Birmingham Bowl NCAA college football game against Boston College, Thursday, Jan. 2, 2020, in Birmingham, Ala. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)
Cincinnati head coach Luke Fickell looks on during a timeout during the first half of the Birmingham Bowl NCAA college football game against Boston College, Thursday, Jan. 2, 2020, in Birmingham, Ala. (AP Photo/Butch Dill) (Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

DETROIT – Luke Fickell has decided to stay at Cincinnati, turning down the head football coaching job at Michigan State.

Pete Thamel reported Monday morning that Fickell made the decision after interviewing with Michigan State on Sunday and talking it over with family.

Fickell was the front-runner candidate to replace Mark Dantonio, who abruptly stepped down last week. He confirmed the news with a tweet:

ESPN’s Adam Rittenberg reports Penn State defensive coordinator Brent Pry and Central Michigan coach Jim McElwain could be next in line to interview for the opening.

Mark Dantonio announced last Tuesday that he would be stepping down as the head coach of Michigan State football.

Dantonio has coached at MSU since the 2007 season. He is the winningest coach in program history. While at MSU, he went 115-57, including six seasons with at least 10 wins.

Dantonio’s Spartans won the Rose Bowl in 2013, going 13-1, and then played in the College Football Playoff two years later, losing to Alabama in the Cotton Bowl.

He won conference titles in 2010, 2013 and 2015 -- giving him the most of any coach in MSU football history.


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