UW introduces new head coach Luke Fickell

Fickell signed a seven-year-contract that will pay him &7.8 million annually.
Published: Nov. 28, 2022 at 4:26 PM CST|Updated: Nov. 28, 2022 at 6:05 PM CST
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MADISON, Wis. (WMTV) - Wisconsin introduced their 31st head football coach in program history, Luke Fickell.

Fickell and his family arrived in Madison on Sunday night and on Monday morning had their chance to visit Camp Randall and the football facilities. The incoming coach described spending four or five hours with his new players on Monday and said he feels good about their willingness to grow.

During a news conference to introduce their new head coach, the university confirmed Fickell inked a seven-year deal which promises to pay him an average of $7.8 million per year.

When asked about Fickell’s predecessor, Wisconsin Director of Athletics Chris McIntosh indicated interim head coach Jim Leonhard, who had the support of many players, received “very strong consideration” for the job.

Prior to the news conference, UW held a welcome party at the Champions Club at Camp Randall Stadium where Coach Fickell, McIntosh and UW-Madison Chancellor Jennifer Mnookin all spoke.

Coach Fickell comes to Madison from Cincinnati where he was the head coach since 2016.

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