Cincinnati football coach Luke Fickell will not be Michigan State's next head coach. 

Fickell has decided to stay with the Bearcats, multiple sources with knowledge of the situation told the Free Press. Pete Thamel of Yahoo Sports was first to report the news. 

Michigan State athletic director Bill Beekman and members of the MSU search party interviewed Fickell in Cincinnati on Sunday, but they returned to Capital Region International Airport in Lansing without a new head coach. 

According to sources, Fickell decided to stay after having conversations with new Cincinnati athletic director John Cunningham on Monday morning. It wasn't immediately clear whether Fickell ever received an offer from MSU. 

Fickell, 46, was immediately seen as the front-runner to replace Mark Dantonio upon Dantonio's abrupt retirement on Feb. 4, sources have told the Free Press.