The rumors have become reality.
Ohio State defensive coordinator and linebackers coach Luke Fickell has been named the head coach at Cincinnati, according to Adam Rittenberg of ESPN.
There had been rumblings surrounding Columbus that Fickell may be headed to Florida Atlantic or UC to fill one of the two head coaching vacancies. It turns out the former OSU head coach will be heading to the Queen City and he may be bringing someone with him.
George Vogel of Cincinnati news station WLW said in a tweet that a reliable source told him Fickell is going to bring Buckeye cornerbacks coach and special teams coordinator Kerry Coombs with him to Cincinnati. Vogel went on to say that Coombs will be the associate head coach under Fickell.
Prior to coming to Columbus, Coombs spent five seasons with the Bearcats. During that time, he was the associate head coach for three years in addition to being the team's cornerbacks coach and special teams coordinator.
Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer congratulated Fickell on his new endeavor.
"Opportunities arise because of great dedication, great effort & great players!" a post on Meyer's Twitter account read. "Congratulations to Luke Fickell, one of the best in the game!"
Rittenberg clarified that Fickell will remain with Ohio State during its run in the College Football Playoff and that he has agreed to a six-year contract with UC - pending the school's board approval on Sunday.
Cincinnati is set to have a press conference at 3:15 p.m. (ET) Saturday to officially announce the university's hiring of Fickell as the football team's next head coach.