The final Bearcat football game of 2014 sees a somewhat familiar foe in Virginia Tech. The Bearcats and Hokies have hooked up three times since January of 2009. Just like their overall series history, the teams have split. Tomorrow will the series splitter.
The Military Bowl is a nice last Christmas present for the season. This should be a hell of a game. These teams are about as...
The first thought in my head immediately after watching the Bearcats lay waste to the Wagner Seahawks Tuesday night is this, Wagner is not good. I would have said sucks, but they are college kids and they are trying their best. They just aren’t good. That’s not a team that Cincinnati should be playing. This is a game that literally does nothing for the program. It wastes time...
On this edition of the Bearcats BlogCast, Scott is joined by Virginia Tech blogger Dan Caro of Treadmill Horse. Scott and Dan break down every aspect of the Military Bowl, from Virginia Tech’s offense, to the Tech defense vs Cincinnati offense, the special teams, Frank Beamer’s throat surgery and how Tech fans like Whit Babcock. Spoiler alert: they like him a lot.
Quick preview of the last garbage game, well at least in the non-conference variety, of the season. Wagner is by far the worst team Cincinnati will play this year. Their RPI is 316. You don’t want your RPI to be associated with Stone Cold Steve Austin. Wagner rates 291 on Ken Pom. That’s low. Wagner has not won in December.
The best team Wagner has played this season is Maryland...
It’s been a couple days and it’s very clear to say that there wasn’t, and hasn’t, been a lot of good that’s come from the VCU loss. The Bearcats were handed a very rare 20+ point beating at home. Circumstances or not, good teams don’t lose at home by 20+ points. Just out of an execution standpoint, this was one of the hardest Bearcat games to watch in a couple of years...
The Mick Cronin news seemed to weigh heavily on the Cincinnati Bearcats today. The Cats came out flat as a pancake, which they could absolutely not afford to do against a team like VCU. They paid for it in a 68-47 ass kicking. This game was pretty much over as soon as the Rams took the lead. They never relented. UC scored to make it 5-4 and that was as close as they would get the...
Bearcats head coach Mick Cronin is not on the sidelines for the Bearcats game against VCU due to an unruptured aneurism. Cronin tweeted this 20 minutes before game time:
Thank you to everyone for your concern, prayers, and support. I am ok. I am very fortunate to have such great friends and family.
— Mick Cronin (@CoachCroninUC) December 20, 2014
I want everyone...
The ringer for the Cincinnati Bearcats basketball team does not stop tomorrow. Things pick up a lot with the VCU Rams. The Rams are going to press, they are going to shoot 3s, they are going to foul, they are going to give you fits. That’s just who they are and what they do. Shaka Smart is kind of a good coach, his team plays hard. They don’t always play well.
If we are being...
Before we move on to tomorrow’s game against VCU, let’s take a quick rewind to Wednesday night and the Bearcats big win over San Diego State. I won’t dwell on the game too much, instead giving 10 thoughts.
The importance of this win can not be understated. It’s going to be the win that keeps on giving all season long. San Diego State might not be world beaters. What are they...
The Cincinnati Bearcats have announced to the world what they plan on wearing for the Military Bowl. Spoiler alert: they are football uniforms.
The #Bearcats will be wearing black uniforms with @MilitaryBowl patches when they take the field next Sat! #BeatVT pic.twitter.com/rq8FLeiaAM
— Bearcats Football (@Bearcats_FB) December 18, 2014
The #Bearcats will wear red helmets with...
The American released the football format for the next 4 seasons this afternoon. These will be the first years with divisions. Here are the divisions to refresh your memory.
Cincinnati Home: UCF, UConn, Temple, Tulsa
I'm with @dandakich tonight for @GoAztecs v @GoBEARCATS at 9p on ESPN 2…first of 5 games in next 6 days! Crazy fun time of year.. @ESPNCBB
— Bob Wischusen (@espnbob) December 17, 2014
Cincinnati-San Diego State tonight: First team to 45 points wins.
— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanESPN) December 17, 2014
Total in the...
. @Bearcats_FB received a loud applause at halftime showcasing their @American_FB Championship trophy. #Bearcats pic.twitter.com/3PVEsHy5HD
— Cincinnati Bearcats (@GoBEARCATS) December 18, 2014
I was called ugly on @espn. Right now I'm not a big fan of @ESPNCBB. #ESPNotABigFan
— LucyTheBearcat (@LucyTheBearcat) December 18, 2014
If you listened to the podcast, check the top of the page for a link, Chris noted that the basketball schedule before the season started was dotted with ranked teams. Some were ravaged by injury (UConn), some were hit with tough suspension news (SMU), others simply underperformed (VCU). There is one ranked team left though, and that team comes into town tonight.
The San Diego State...
On this week’s edition of the Bearcats BlogCast, I’m once again joined Chris Bains from Cincy on the Prowl. Chris and I waste no time this week catching up on all things basketball.
We discuss the Bearcats trip to Nebraska, the subsequent issues with the offense and some of the play of the guards. We dovetail that with our preview of the Bearcats game against San Diego State...
The final recruiting weekend before the December dead period is always extremely busy for coaches across the country as they try to squeeze in as many visits as possible before bowl preparations begin. It is even more bust if the staff is hosting junior college prospects as national signing day for those players is December 17th. JUCOs are primarily brought in to be an immediate solution...
We’ve had a few days to bask in the aftermath of a very disappointing Cincinnati loss. Even a couple days later, the sting from the Nebraska game rings through. This was a game the Bearcats had plenty of opportunities to win. It was a game they had a 2 point lead at the line with 14 seconds remaining. If Jermaine Sanders makes that second free throw, maybe things don’t end up...
In one of the most frustrating losses in recent years, Cincinnati lost to Nebraska 56-55 in double overtime. Yeah, double overtime. The shooting in this game was horrendous. Nebraska hit 32.7% from the field, Cincinnati 31.7%. It was awful. Here’s how regulation ended:
Awful 3 by Petteway, but an offensive rebound led to another horrible shot by Petteway that...
UC threw out some Friday night news. The news was not really surprising. As the headline reads, center Jamaree Strickland is transferring. Strickland played 1 game in his UC career. He was suspended for “conduct unbecoming of a Bearcat.”
Mick Cronin had this to say:
“We wish Jamaree the best going forward.”
This is not really a blow to the current iteration of the Bearcats...
It’s funny how quickly things change in from the beginning of the season to the current day. The stretch Cincinnati is about to start against Nebraska, San Diego State and Virginia Commonwealth looked killer in November. Now that it’s about to start, it no longer looks so intimidating. Nebraska in particular has lost a lot of their luster from last season. The Cornhuskers are...
As the headline mentions, here is a look through Cincinnati football game progams through the years. These are courtesy of Nick Colosimo. Follow Nick on twitter. He is one of the 10,000 Colosimo’s on twitter. They are all very nice.
The scans are arranged by year, so enjoy a stroll through the years.
The #Bearcats men's basketball @American_MBB opener vs. SMU on Jan. 3 at Fifth Third Arena is set for an 11am ET tip on ESPN2.
— Cincinnati Bearcats (@GoBEARCATS) December 10, 2014
Welcome to this edition of the Bearcats BlogCast. There was no Chris Bains this week due to his alleged work schedule, but never fear, I was joined by Matt Opper from Down the Drive. Quick note before the podcast embed, you can find the podcast not only here, but also on iTunes and Stitcher.
Matt and I discuss quite a bit, such as:
We sort through the Big 12 rumors
Break down the...
The AAC released it’s all conference teams, as well as it’s award winners, for this past season. The Bearcats populate the list of all conference selections, even though none of them won individual awards. Let’s jump right to the Bearcats that made the teams.
OL – Eric Lefeld
OL – Parker Ehinger
DL – Terrell Hartsfield
LB – Jeff Luc
K – Andrew...