Dear Luke Fickell, Head Coach of the University of Cincinnati Bearcats

Dear Coach Luke,

While I expect you will not spend much time reading this, and by “much time” I mean – you won’t read this, maybe Amy will come across it as she peruses the internet in search of articles for the Fickell Family Scrapbook. If so, Amy, please share as sometimes even the toughest guys like to hear nice things about themselves.

First off, congratulations on your decision to stay! I’m convinced you will not regret a single second of additional investment in greater Cincinnati. As a Queen City transplant, I can personally attest that this community gives away far more than it receives. While folks in the national media might’ve tasted our chili a time or two, they may not have observed enough the earnest, hardworking, family-minded Cincinnatians surrounding them. Our city is more than a dish; it’s a destination.

Second, I want to thank you for being one of the few public figures who means what they say. You’ll have to forgive those of us who doubted; we’ve heard a lot of coaches say what you’re living out. And even though you may not want to think of yourself in this light, your dependability is inspiring. For your own children, players and recruits fortunate to call you “Coach,” and even the broader community, your credibility is a game changer.

Third, I want to thank you for the professional manner in which you handle your role at the University of Cincinnati. As a member of the downtown business community and graduate of the College of Law, I can tell you it does not go unnoticed. Your workman-like approach, discipline, and attention to detail serve as an encouragement to many professionals, myself included.

Finally, I may or may not have said I’d be willing to wrestle you if you’ll stay. I’d prefer to not have to do that. Please advise.

Thanks, Coach! Go Bearcats!

Much love and appreciation,

B. Fox

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