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Cincinnati to hire Ohio State DC Fickell

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Cincinnati hired Ohio State defensive coordinator Luke Fickell as its head coach, turning to the Buckeye state native to re-establish a program that has slipped in recent years.

He agreed to a six-year deal pending approval from the board of trustees, the school said Saturday. He was to be introduced at a news conference later in the day.

Fickell, a former Ohio State defensive lineman from Columbus, has been a coach with the Buckeyes since 2002. He spent one season as head coach in 2011, taking over after Jim Tressel was fired during the offseason and going 6-7.

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