AP source: Fickell leaving Ohio State to coach Cincinnati (Yahoo Sports)

Ohio State defensive coordinator and linebackers coach Luke Fickell instructs players during their Spring NCAA college football practice Tuesday, March 4, 2014, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)

Ohio State defensive coordinator Luke Fickell has told the school he is leaving to become the head coach at Cincinnati, a person with direct knowledge of the decision told The Associated Press on Saturday. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because Fickell had not yet met with Ohio State players. The second-ranked Buckeyes are preparing to play No. 3 Clemson in the College Football Playoff on Dec. 31 at the Fiesta Bowl.


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