Luke Fickell's hard work has paid off.
After he led the Bearcats to back-to-back 11-win seasons in just three years as the team's head coach, Cincinnati has rewarded Fickell with a contract extension through the 2026 season which comes with a $1 million raise.
Under Fickell's previous contract, he was set to be paid $2.4 million annually through the 2022 season. Under the new contract, Fickell will make $3.4 million a year through the 2026 season.
The Athletic was the first to report the news.
UC athletic director John Cunningham said Fickell's extension and annual salary increase are funded entirely by privately raised dollars, according to The Athletic.
“This is an important item for the Bearcats athletic department. We have an opportunity to extend the contract of one of the best football coaches in the country,” Cunningham said to the board. “This increase and extension reflects the passion of our supporters, who see the impact that a football coach can have on the young people within a program, the athletic department and the university as a whole.”