Our man, Gunner, was recently listed as one of the top 10 players under the most pressure for the 2014 season. As a recruit, he was rated as either the best, or second best, quarterback in his recruiting class. Do you know who was also considered the best quarterback of his class? You guessed it – Jameis Winston. Winston already has a Heisman and a National Championship. So, the eyes of the national media will undoubtedly be on Kiel as he attempts to make good on his promising talent. More here.
Arguably the two premier brands in college basketball and football illustrate the financial disparity in college sports. The Kentucky Wildcats, maybe the best brand in college basketball, just signed John Calipari to a 7 year, $52.5 million dollar deal. That’s some real walking around money. The Alabama Crimson Tide just signed Nick Saban (Lane Kiffin’s boss) to a deal through 2022 for $55.2 million.
Right now, Bearcats athletic dollars just don’t add up. In 2013, the Bearcats total revenue (for all of its programs) was $61.9 million, while its expenses were $59.5 million. By way of contrast, Alabama was “rolling” in the dough with $143.7 million in revenue, while its expenses were $116.6 million. More interesting factoids can be found on the USA Today’s chart.
In other words, if we want the Bearcats to sneak into one of the power conferences, the donor base is going to have to pony up ‘Bama dollars. By the way, have you ever driven through Alabama? It’s not the most affluent state in the union.
Sometimes life gives you lemons…racially divisive, xenophobic, and bizarre lemons. When that happens, what’s a former Bearcat to do?
Well friends, Nick Van Exel is making lemonade. Earlier this spring, the NBA inked an agreement with Van Exel’s clothing company “We R One.” The NBA and adidas are now teaming up to sell “We Are One” shirts in the wake of the Donald Sterling scandal. Three cheers to capitalism!
Yesterday, Gunner Kiel was listed as one of the top 10 quarterback transfers to watch this football season on this site. This isn’t the first time Gunner has appeared on anyone’s top ten list. In 2012, he was rated by many as the top quarterback prospect. Notably, two of the top 10 transfers, Gunner and Andrew Hendrix (both from Notre Dame) will face off against each other when Cincinnati plays Miami (OH) on September 20, 2014. It’s worth noting that Miami (again, OH) went 0 for 12 last season, so Hendrix will have his hands, and probably rib cage, full.
But, can Gunner take the Bearcats back to the BCS? Will he restore the shine to this burgeoning program? Fingers crossed…
If you’ve ever tailgated for a local football game, chances are you’re doing it wrong. One school is the Cadillac, no the Rolls-Royce, no the Bentley of tailgating culture. No need to reinvent the wheel, Cincinnati. Let’s just try to emulate the tailgate culture described at the link here.
If we can make strides in this direction this fall, we’ll all have much better Saturdays ahead.
My plan is to stop by a number of tailgates this fall to crown each Saturday’s best tailgate. I might advise that my attendance will likely dissipate as the weather creeps colder. As fate would have it, I’m a warm weather creature. Nevertheless, this is my first tip for winning the top honors – cook like they do down south. Curious how? Take a look at this timeless classic…
One can only hope that biscuits and gravy can be made on a charcoal grill.
The AAC recently announced its conference divisions for 2015. It looks like the Bearcats will play in the East Division, which is the tougher division by a mile. Here’s how the divisions look:
Under the planned division of teams, each team will play the other five teams within its division each year. Then, the other three games will rotate between three teams from the other division. This means that each team is guaranteed a home-and-home series with every other conference team within a four-year period.
More importantly, this division of teams will allow the conference to have a conference championship game. While that may not seem too critical at first blush, if some of the teams prove to be nationally competitive, it may allow the leader of the AAC (presumably, the Bearcats) to sneak into the playoff.
Or maybe UC will be invited to join the ACC or Big 12 before then. Here’s to dreaming…
Word on the street is that the Bearcats are after Antoine Mason, the son of Anthony Mason. Jermaine Lawrence’s departure may play right into Mick Cronin’s hand. If Antoine plays with the same toughness that his pops brought to the Knicks, he would be a tremendous add to the Bearcats.
For reference sake, he does have a Wikipedia…
So there’s that, too.
More speculation found at the Enquirer…
Honestly, I don’t think this is that bold of a prediction. Louisville has left the conference. UCF has lost some ground with their ground game. Another blogger has gone so far as to articulate ten specific reasons the Bearcats will win.
While I tend to agree with Mr. Cox, I think the reasons are far more simple:
(1) Much of the top talent and teams have been extracted by conference realignment.
Which is fine. I’m not bitter. Like at all.
Pitt, Louisville, and Rutgers have gone on to greener pastures. I promise not to laugh too hard when the Panthers stumble and stammer their way through the ACC. If we’re honest, Rutgers couldn’t even compete in the former Big East (RIP underestimated conference), so they are bound to flop in the B1G.
Enjoy that northeast market B1G! I’m sure a ton of people will tune into that Rutgers / Northwestern match-up. Nothing draws ratings quite like watching a sub-par B1G team beat up on a woeful Rutgers squad. See bitter disclaimer above.
The Bearcats will have plenty of chances to prove their strength this year. Maybe you’ve heard that they play a certain team up north (See Ohio State’s schedule September 27, 2014).
(2) Tommy Tuberville
He is the class of the conference. He’s been around a lot of great teams and programs. It takes every good coach a little bit to get their feet beneath them. I trust him.
Get used to that name. He’s a beast. He will fill the seats. He will take us to great heights. He will compete for a Heisman.
Remember, you heard it here first.