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 on Saturday, pending approval from the board of trustees. He'll continue to coach the Buckeyes through the playoffs.
"Few have invested as much time and effort and passion into Ohio State and its football program than Luke," Ohio State coach Urban Meyer said. "We all knew this day was coming."