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Cincinnati hired former Tennessee defensive backs coach Willie Martinez as cornerbacks coach.

The Vols parted ways with Martinez last month. He was a long-time top assistant at Georgia (2001-09), where he spent five years as defensive coordinator. Martinez is known to be a strong recruiter.
Feb 16 - 2:28 PM

Cincinnati signed four-star 2017 ATH Jarell White.

White committed to Cincinnati just after New Year's and stuck by his word through National Signing Day. While Rivals has yet to lock in a position for the multi-talented 5-foot-10, 200-pound baby Bearcat, Scout.com lists him as a running back. The venerable recruiting outlet notes that White is "not a home run hitter, but a grind it out, tough back who gets upfield." He is more of a bruiser than a fleet cruiser.
Source: Scout.com
Feb 4 - 7:28 PM

Ohio State junior T Kyle Trout transferred to Cincinnati.

Trout will graduate this spring, which means he's immediately eligible to play. He has two years of eligibility remaining. Trout follows Torrance Gibson as former Buckeyes who have transferred to Cincinnati to play for former OSU assistant Luke Fickell, now the Bearcats' head coach. Trout was a four-star recruit ranked as the No. 19 offensive tackle in the country coming out of high school.
Jan 30 - 12:43 PM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline indicated that Cincinnati QB Gunner Kiel did not look like a draft-able prospect during East-West Shrine Game practices.

Kiel has flashed big arm talent in the past, but he was buried on the depth chart for most of the 2016 season and from the way Pauline paints it, the 6-foot-4, 225-pounder was abysmal during Shrine Game work this week. Wrote the analyst, "The week of Shrine practice was just an extension of the troubles and struggles Kiel has experienced the past year and a half. His performance was inconsistent-to-poor all three days." And then the wince-worthy nail in the coffin: "I leave Shrine practice believing Kiel has confirmed he won’t be selected at any point in the draft this April."
Jan 21 - 3:06 PM

Football Scoop reports that Cincinnati has hired Purdue WR coach Gerad Parker to serve as RB coach.

Parker finished out the 2016 campaign as Purdue's interim head coach following the mid-season firing of Darrell Hazell. He initially linked up with the Boilermakers in 2013. Now joining Luke Fickell's staff at Cincinnati, the 36-year-old Parker should serve as a useful asset on staff, as he already has a familiarity with the region in terms of recruiting.
Jan 17 - 4:41 PM

Former Ohio State redshirt sophomore QB/WR Torrance Gibson will transfer to Cincinnati.

The 6-foot-4, 195-pounder was a five-star recruit out of high school but never panned out at OSU. He redshirted as a freshman in 2015 and served a university-issued suspension in 2016. New Bearcats HC Luke Fickell is eager to give Gibson a chance at redemption, however, and will reportedly shift him back to quarterback. Gibson apparently has a chance to be eligible for Cincinnati as soon as next season. He first must take a few classes at Cincinnati State Community College. We'll update you on his status, as Gibson could have a big immediate impact at his new program if he's cleared.
Jan 12 - 12:49 PM

Redshirt freshman QB/WR Torrance Gibson is not enrolled at Ohio State and is unlikely to return to the school, according to multiple reports.

Beat writer Jeremy Birmingham would give "pretty good odds" on Gibson ending up at Cincinnati under new head coach Luke Fickell, previously with the Buckeyes. Gibson previously signed a letter of intent with a JUCO program.
Jan 10 - 11:21 AM

Cincinnati named former Purdue LB coach Marcus Freeman defensive coordinator.

New Bearcats HC Luke Fickell is a famous developer of NFL linebackers, so his interest in Freeman is notable. The pair have a lot to do, as Cincinnati's offense was quite awful in 2016.
Jan 5 - 1:39 PM

Football Scoop reports that Cincinnati will hire Ohio State quality control assistant Joker Phillips to serve as wide receivers coach.

Phillips continues to hop from job to job. He joined Ohio State last summer after spending time with the Browns and Florida Gators. At Cincinnati, he will reunite with Luke Fickell, who accepted the Bearcats' open head-coaching gig in December. Phillips will bring a strong recruiting element to bear once he joins Fickell's staff.
Jan 2 - 7:14 PM

The South Bend Tribune's Mike Vorel reports that Cincinnati will hire Notre Dame assistant HC and WR coach Mike Denbrock to serve as offensive coordinator.

Key hire for new Cincinnati HC Luke Fickell. Denbrock, 52, has been with Notre Dame since 2010. He took on the role of offensive play-caller in 2015. There has been considerable turnover on the Notre Dame staff in 2016, with the program firing DC Brian VanGorder early in the season and OC Mike Sanford heading off to Western Kentucky to replace the Purdue-bound Jeff Brohm as head coach after the close of their disappointing 4-8 campaign.
Thu, Dec 29, 2016 09:29:00 PM

Ohio State HC Urban Meyer indicated that the transfer of redshirt freshman QB/WR Torrance Gibson is not a done deal yet.

""He came to see me, and I love Torrance. Very unfortunate, the whole situation. I don't think there's anything finalized," Meyer said. While Gibson has signed a letter of intent with the JUCO program at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, he also said "it's not 100%" that he will join the program. The 6-foot-4, 195-pounder was a five-star recruit out of high school and figures to be a highly-coveted JUCO recruit come the 2018 cycle, assuming he does eventually settle on a transfer to the lower level.
Source: ESPN.com
Thu, Dec 15, 2016 05:56:00 PM

Ohio State redshirt freshman QB/WR Torrance Gibson refuted a tweet from Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College regarding a potential transfer.

The tweet in question came from Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, itself, which welcomed Gibson into their fold with open arms. He isn't taking the hug yet. Said Gibson, "I don’t know if I will be back at Ohio State. It’s not 100 percent. But that [tweet] is false information." While MGCCC does have a letter of intent on file from Gibson, his mom is of the opinion that he should give Division 1 ball another crack. All of this is coming about due to events which transpired over the summer. Back in August, the 6-foot-4, 195-pound redshirt freshman was suspended for the entirety of the 2016 season due to a violation of the student code of conduct. That suspension was school-levied, not program-levied. At the time, HC Urban Meyer said that he did not believe that Gibson would transfer. This should all sort itself out in the coming weeks. It should be noted that there is no regulation against a player holding a letter of intent with both a JUCO and an FBS program.
Source: Land of 10
Tue, Dec 13, 2016 03:16:00 PM

Ohio State redshirt freshman QB/WR Torrance Gibson transferred to JUCO level Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College.

The school lists him as a quarterback, which is notable since Gibson finished his Ohio State career at receiver. Gibson was suspended for the entire season due to a violation of the student code of conduct. Head coach Urban Meyer said in September he expected Gibson to return to OSU.
Tue, Dec 13, 2016 11:29:00 AM

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
Sat, Dec 10, 2016 02:35:00 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.
Fri, Dec 9, 2016 06:53:00 PM


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