Nov 29, 2019; Memphis, TN, USA; Cincinnati Bearcats head coach Luke Fickell during the first half against the Memphis Tigers at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Nelson Chenault-USA TODAY Sports

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Reports: Cincinnati extends Fickell’s deal through 2026

Cincinnati coach Luke Fickell has agreed to a contract extension through the 2026 season, according to multiple reports.

Fox19 in Cincinnati reported that university trustees approved the extension on Tuesday.

The Athletic and ESPN both reported that Fickell’s salary will rise to $3.4 annually. He was previously signed through 2022.

Fickell made $2.3 million in 2019, according to the USA Today football coaches salary list.

ESPN reported that Fickell will receive a $250,000 bonus if Cincinnati reaches a New Year’s Six bowl or the College Football Playoff.

Fickell, 47, is 26-13 in three seasons with the Bearcats, including back-to-back 11-win campaigns.

Cincinnati is ranked 20th in the Associated Press preseason poll.

Fickell served as Ohio State’s interim coach in 2011 after Jim Tressel resigned under pressure. The Buckeyes went 6-7 and Fickell was passed over during the coaching search in favor of Urban Meyer.

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