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Cincinnati hired Ohio State DC Luke Fickell to fill their open head-coaching vacancy.

Fickell takes over for Tommy Tuberville, who resigned following a 4-8 2016 season. In a statement, the 43-year-old Ohio lifer said, "It's a tough blue-collar state with hard-working, blue-collar people that respect an honest and complete effort. That's what they will get from me personally and what they should expect from this football program." Cincinnati AD Mike Bohn called Fickell "a model of integrity." This is his first head-coaching job, though he did guide the Buckeyes to a 6-7 record as interim head coach in 2011 following the firing of Jim Tressell. Fickell is expected to stay on with Ohio State through their Playoff run before taking over the Bearcats no-stop.
Source: ESPN.com
Dec 10 - 2:35 PM

Multiple outlets are reporting that Ohio State DC Luke Fickell has been hired to serve as Cincinnati's next head coach.

An official announcement is expected to be made on Saturday. Fickell already had a little trial-by-fire test run as a head coach in 2011, when he served as Ohio State's interim man in the wake of the team's firing of Jim Tressell. That 2011 campaign ended with a 6-7 record. The Bearcats' hiring makes all the sense in the world on a logistical level, as Fickell is an Ohio State graduate with deep recruiting roots in the Midwest. At Cincinnati, he will replace Tommy Tuberville, who stepped down following the close of a dismal 2016 season.
Dec 9 - 6:53 PM

Ohio State defensive coordinator Luke Fickell is negotiating with Cincinnati to become the school's next head coach, according to Russell Johnson of Rivals.

Fickell took over as Ohio State's interim head coach in 2011 after Jim Tressel was fired and before Urban Meyer was hired. For recruiting purposes, Fickell certainly knows the area well after spending his entire coaching career in the state. There is no timetable for an announcement at this time, according to Johnson.
Dec 9 - 9:58 AM

Clay Hall of WSYX-TV in Columbus reports that Ohio State defensive coordinator Luke Fickell is "in the mix" for the Cincinnati HC job.

Former Bearcats HC Tommy Tubberville recently resigned following a disappointing campaign. Fickell's biggest competition for the job right now would appear to be ousted Texas HC Charlie Strong.
Dec 7 - 3:18 PM

Tommy Tuberville stepped down as Cincinnati's head coach.

The Bearcats had back-to-back nine-win seasons in 2013 and 2014 but fell off a bit in 2015 and then went 4-8 this season, winning just one American Athletic Conference game. Tuberville had an 85-40 record (52-30 SEC) at Auburn from 1999-2008. Football Scoop is reporting that Western Michigan's P.J. Fleck and Troy's Neal Brown are possible candidates for the Cincinnati job. We're big fans of both.
Source: CBS Sports
Dec 4 - 11:52 AM

Cincinnati QB Gunner Kiel has accepted an invitation to play in the East-West Shrine Game.

You all know Kiel's story: an indecisive recruit who wound up at Cincinnati after a few lost season. He started a number of games, but the once promising recruit was benched on a number of occasions. He only saw game action in five contests this season, on a team that went 4-8. Kiel is a longshot to stick in the NFL.
Nov 29 - 9:53 AM

Cincinnati sophomore QB Hayden Moore completed 20-of-37 passes for 371 yards and three touchdowns in Friday's 40-37 overtime loss to Tulsa.

Well, that was somewhat unexpected. Moore wasn't even guaranteed to start entering the practice week leading up to this contest, as he was flat-out dreadful in throwing for 144 yards and two interceptions in a loss to Memphis one weekend ago. You wouldn't know it from his Friday performance. Not only did the 6-foot-3, 203-pound sophomore throw for three touchdowns, he also caught one from 29 yards out on a first-quarter trick play. Despite this fine performance, Cincinnati did not come close to sniffing a bowl berth this season, as Friday's defeat dropped them to 4-8. Moore finished the campaign having thrown for 1,744 yards (57.3% completions) with an 11/7 TD/INT ratio.
Nov 26 - 12:04 PM

Cincinnati sophomore QB Hayden Moore will start against Tulsa on Friday.

No injury for Moore here to cast his starting status into doubt. Just pure ineffective play. The 6-foot-3, 203-pounder was intercepted twice by Memphis last Friday and managed a paltry 144 yards passing. Despite Moore's woeful showing, Gunner Kiel remains stuck in bench purgatory after seeing a few starts earlier this season.
Nov 22 - 2:10 PM

Cincinnati sophomore QB Hayden Moore struggled mightily in Friday's 34-7 loss to Memphis, completing 23-of-34 passes for 144 yards, a touchdown and two interceptions.

Moore's touchdown toss did not come until the fourth quarter, when the game was well out of hand. He averaged a dreadful 4.2 YPA in the blowout loss. The 6-foot-3, 203-pound sophomore holds an 8/7 TD/INT ratio in six games played.
Nov 18 - 11:46 PM

Cincinnati HC Tommy Tuberville said that senior QB Gunner Kiel and sophomore QB Hayden Moore will "battle it out" during practice for the right to start.

Tuberville indicated that the decision here likely won't be made until Thursday. It isn't an enviable one. Both Moore and Kiel struggled mightily in Saturday's loss to UCF, completing a combined 19-of-42 passes for 220 yards, no touchdowns and two interceptions. The winner of this "battle" will have the honor of starting against Memphis on Friday. It wouldn't be a surprise if both quarterbacks played in that contest.
Nov 15 - 2:49 PM

Cincinnati junior RB Mike Boone (foot) will miss the remainder of the 2016 season.

Boone did not play against UCF this past weekend due to a foot injury sustained against BYU the previous weekend. Now ruled out for the season, the 5-foot-10, 201-pound junior finishes up having rushed for just 388 yards and a pair of touchdowns over nine games. Tion Green should see the bulk of carries in Cincinnati's final two regular season contests against Memphis and Tulsa. The Bearcats will need to win both of those if they want to achieve bowl eligibility.
Nov 15 - 12:56 PM

Cincinnati HC Tommy Tuberville that junior RB Mike Boone (ankle) is unlikely to play against Central Florida.

"It doesn't really look good," said Tuberville. Boone injured his foot in last Saturday's loss to BYU. The 5-foot-10, 201-pounder has been largely ineffective this season, rushing for 388 yards (3.7 YPC) and two touchdowns through nine games. The campaign looks even more disappointing when compared to his 2015, when he ran for 749 yards (7.2 YPC) and nine touchdowns in 11 games played. Tion Green figures to see starter carries in Boone's place on Saturday.
Nov 10 - 3:57 PM

In regards to Cincinnati's 4-5 record, HC Tommy Tuberville said that "you've got to understand the perspective of coaches and players."

"Come up and spend a week with us all week, getting ready for a game. There’s a lot of scenarios you go through. Hey, I’m trying to get us over the goal line," Tuberville. The coach got into lukewarm-to-slightly-scalding water in Saturday's loss to BYU, getting into an intense exchange with a fan after the game. Tuberville later apologized for that incident. The Bearcats will need to win two of their final three games to gain bowl eligibility. They close the season with contests against UCF, Memphis and Tulsa.
Nov 8 - 4:35 PM

Cincinnati senior QB Gunner Kiel completed 15-of-27 passes for 119 yards and two touchdowns in Saturday's 34-13 loss to Temple.

Kiel has had one of the stranger seasons on the CFB landscape, in that he has barely had a season at all. He spent the majority of the season playing bench man, only drawing his first start in last weekend's win over East Carolina. He threw for 348 yards and four touchdowns in that one. While start No. 2 on Saturday saw no such aerial pyrotechnics, the 6-foot-4, 225-pound senior did fire off a pair of touchdown passes in the second quarter. The extra point was missed on one of those. Thus concluded Cincinnati's scoring offense against Temple on Saturday afternoon. Those playing dice with their quarterbacks in fantasy could take a flier on Kiel given that he has shown the ability to perform well in the past.
Oct 29 - 6:47 PM

Cincinnati senior Gunner Kiel has been named the school's starting QB for Saturday's game against ECU.

"It’s his turn. The ball is going to be in his hands," head coach Tommy Tuberville said. Kiel opened the season as third on the depth chart behind Hayden Moore and redshirt freshman Ross Trail. It feels like Kiel is in his fifteenth season of collegiate ball, as he started a number of games in the last few years. For his career, Kile has thrown for 50 touchdowns and 24 interceptions. Cincinnati's poor record of 3-3 this year, with no wins in conference play, likely contributes to this decision.
Oct 21 - 10:01 AM


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