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Pitt Week

Injuries still problem on the line for Pitt // Post-Gazette

Thursday News and Notes and a Programming Note // Post-Gazzette
Pay particular attention to the bit about the offensive line

Making a case: Pitt // Big East Blog // ESPN

Turnovers. The defense has shown improvement, but it also has not created nearly enough turnovers this season. Pitt has a Big East worst three interceptions and seven total takeaways the entire season. The Panthers rank last in the Big East in turnover margin at minus-7. If that trend continues, the Panthers will have a hard time winning the conference.

The Panthers have taken a page out of UC's 2010 book with that turnover margin.

The Stats Don’t Lie, This is the Best Cincinnati Bearcats Defense Ever // Bearcats Nation
The numbers might not lie. But this defense doesn't pass the eye test as a whole. I think this is probably the best defensive line in recent history, if not the entirety of the programs history. But the secondary is still a horror show in terms of scheme and talent.

What to watch in the Big East // Big East Blog // ESPN

Separation. The top four teams in the league play each other, as Cincinnati travels to Pitt and Louisville plays at West Virginia. The Bearcats are 2-0 in the Big East; the other three each have one loss. If Cincinnati and West Virginia win, they would set up a huge conference showdown next week with Big East championship hopes on the line. Cincinnati, West Virginia and Pitt control their own destiny. If one of those teams wins out, it wins the conference.

Making a case: Pitt // Big East Blog // ESPN

Turnovers. The defense has shown improvement, but it also has not created nearly enough turnovers this season. Pitt has a Big East worst three interceptions and seven total takeaways the entire season. The Panthers rank last in the Big East in turnover margin at minus-7. If that trend continues, the Panthers will have a hard time winning the conference.

The Panthers have taken a page out of UC's 2010 book with that turnover margin.

Greatest Bearcats game ever? // cincinnati.com
Looking back at the 2009 game. It never gets old.

2011 Bowl Projections: Stellar Matchups And A Bama-Stanford Title Tilt // SBNation.com
UC in the Orange Bowl against Clemson which would be interesting

Basketball News

No. 21 Cincinnati has come full-circle, back in national prominence after long rebuilding // The Washington Post

A new, 6-foot-wide banner hangs near the lower corner of the wall behind the Cincinnati student section, tucked in a place that makes it easy to overlook. The red rectangle has the words "NCAA PARTICIPATION" in white across the top. Below it, one number: "2011."

Jon Rothstein Files: Bearcats' Mick Cronin Luring New York Area Talent To Cincinnati // CBS New York

"When I got the job in 2006, the first thing I did was reach out to Mo Hicks when he was at Rice and Jimmy Salmon (NJ Playaz AAU) and told them that I needed tough, competitive kids to win in the Big East," Cronin said recently. "Those relationships and other relationships that I had helped me get a kid like Rashad Bishop, who was a big building block for us. Now we’re just trying to continue to work off that."

Cincinnati Bearcats 2011-12 Team Preview // NCAA Basketball // SI.com

From a pure talent standpoint, this team should be better than last year's, but with so many newcomers it will be difficult to replicate the chemistry and resiliency that served Cincinnati so well. If Cronin can get the newcomers to buy into the team concept the way last year's seniors did, and if he can teach them to play the same inspired defense that was the Bearcats' trademark, Cincinnati could go further than the second round of the NCAA tournament.

2011-2012 Season Preview: Breakout Players // Ballin' is a Habit

Sean Kilpatrick, So., and Yancy Gates, Sr., Cincinnati: Part of the reason I think that Cincinnati is going to be a sneaky-good team in the Big East this season is that I am expecting big years out of both Gates and Kilpatrick, albeit for different reasons. Gates has always been one of the most talented players in the conference, but conditioning and effort were an issue. A mid-season suspension was the wake-up call he needed, however, and Gates averaged 15.0 ppg, 7.9 rpg and 1.3 bpg over the final 10 games. Kilpatrick, on the other hand, was a high-efficiency, high-volume shooter last season. He averaged 9.7 ppg but only averaged around 20 mpg. It will be interesting to see what he is able to do in a more focal role this year.

Around The Big East

Nutter, Rendell pushing for Big East to include Temple // BearcatReport.com

Board gives Boise State clearance to join Big East // cincinnati.com

The board voted 7-1 Thursday to give university President Bob Kustra the authority to move Boise State's football program out of the Mountain West Conference and into the Big East for the 2013 season.

Nationally Recognized

Poynter Review Project: ESPN in the middle of college realignment // ESPN
This is a bit lengthy but very interesting

OTL: The Les You Know // E-ticket
I will read anything about Les Miles. In that regard for me he's the new Pete Carroll.

Rich Rodriguez Enjoys The Irony of West Virginia Suing To Get Out of The Big East - Big East Coast Bias

Charlie Pierce on pay-for-play and compensating NCAA athletes // Grantland
yeah

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