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Brian Hartline Makes Decision On His Future At Ohio State

Ohio State WR coach Brian Hartline

Ohio State WR coach Brian Hartline

The Cincinnati Bearcats are on the hunt to replace Luke Fickell, who left the program for the Wisconsin Badgers over the weekend. 

There are no shortage of candidates at Cincinnati's disposal, but football fans learned one certainty today: The new coach will not be Brian Hartline. 

The current passing game coordinator and wide receivers coach for the Ohio State Buckeyes, Hartline took to Twitter on Thursday to clear the air. In no uncertain terms, Hartline removed himself from the pool of coaching candidates. 

"I am aware of the speculation surrounding my name connected to other vacant coaching positions and appreciate all of the support," Hartline began. "But right now my heart is at Ohio State and I do not have any plans to go anywhere else. Go Bucks"

Hartline, 36, would have been on the younger end of head coaches at the collegiate level. An NFL veteran who played for the Miami Dolphins and Cleveland Browns, Hartline's lone coaching experience has come with his alma mater in Columbus. Should Hartline proceed with Ohio State, as indicated, it will be his seventh year with the program.

The news comes as a letdown for Cincinnati, but the former coach Fickell left the program in upstanding shape. The Bearcats haven't ended a season below .500 since 2017. With the immediate opportunity to contend, UC's coaching vacancy is an attractive one. 

Options for the school are varied. Some reports have tied former multi-sport star Deion Sanders to the role, saying the Jackson State Tigers coach is considering a move to Cincinnati. 

Other outlets have noted that some players are pushing for an internal promotion. In one instance, a Bearcats offensive lineman stumped for Gino Guidugli to get the nod as head coach. Guidugli has coached in various capacities for the Bearcats since 2017.