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You’ve worked hard all week. You deserve some “you” time this Friday morning.
So, wake up, wipe the sleep from your eyes, grab your cup of coffee, and make bearcatssportsradio.com a part of your Friday morning tradition. In my mind, there’s no better way to wake up than with a quick-hitting recap of what’s happening in Bearcat land. On today’s menu, Big 12 smack talk, Jeff Ruby, the Buckeyes, and recruiting.
1. Bearcats Compared to Drunk Girl by Big 12, Baylor Fans.
Conference realignment was a huge topic of conversation. Now, it’s just a topic of conversation as most of the tectonic plates have already shifted. As it is, just about everyone in the know realizes: (A) UC was unfairly excluded from one of the power conferences, and (B) conference realignment is not entirely finished. The Big 12 still needs a full complement of teams. West Virginia sits out on a bizarre island up in the mountains of…West Virginia. Moreover, without 12 teams, there is no conference championship game. With two spots to fill, fingers are starting to point at UC.
At this link, a member of the Baylor (Waco, Texas) community states: “The Bearcats have been pushing themselves on conferences harder than a drunk girl looking for a ride home when the bar is about to close.” While that’s not necessarily the most flattering comment, they close their diatribe by saying that Cincinnati makes the most sense for the Big 12. Of course, no one knows what conversations are going on behind closed doors, but UC’s AD Mike Bohn helped usher Colorado into the Pac 12…
2. Big Name Basketball Transfer, Jon Octeus, Is Visiting Cincinnati This Weekend.
Recently, I reported on the possibility of Jon Octeus transferring to UC. Octeus stands 6’4″ tall, and averaged 13.4 points, 4.7 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game at Colorado State last year. He’s solid. Let’s hope he enjoys his stay. The weather this weekend looks okay. He’s choosing between UC, Missouri, and UCLA. Fingers crossed.
3. Vegas Has the Bearcats As a 21 Point Dog to the Buckeyes.
The Golden Nugget has released its early odds of the Bearcats upending the Buckeyes. Right now, Vegas has UC as a 21 point underdog. But, the Buckeyes are talking about us. And they know it just might be a bit more competitive than the spread.
4. Bearcats Recruiting Is on Point; Many More #BearcatBound.
The Bearcats landed a number of highly-touted recruits. For basketball, they are close to landing Jon Octeus. And they did land Justin Jenifer.
Tommy Tuberville and company added QB Ross Trail, WR Braxton Neal, DE Marquise Copeland, LB Quintin Hampton, and speedster Antonio Howard. Congrats to the coaching staff on these early gains!
5. UC Must Do Something to Get Students to Paul Brown This Fall.
The Bearcats ticket office announced that students could pay $10 for a ride to and from games. Of course, that’s not that much money for a student. Nevertheless, the University must do everything in its power to make sure the student body shows up big for all of the home games. The worst thing that can happen for this team is an empty Paul Brown. Momentum is building. I don’t want to see that go away.
I’ve been in Twitter discussions with Restaurateur Jeff Ruby about making sure the students get there.
Can’t wait until this fall.